In the third ODI against West Indies in Pune, Kohli scored a third consecutive century, his 38th in ODIs. @ PTI
In the third ODI against West Indies in Pune, Kohli scored a third consecutive century, his 38th in ODIs. @ PTI

India captain Virat Kohli has not been given the epithet of a ‘chase-master’ for no reason. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes that Kohli brings out his full repertoire of shots in big chases which is what makes him special.

“Most batsmen who score big when batting first when the flow is on and there is little pressure, fumble when batting second and the scoring rate is at the back of their mind every single delivery. This is where Kohli is special for it is in big chases that his full repertoire of shots is seen and the way he paces the innings,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for the Times of India on Monday.

In the third ODI against West Indies in Pune, Kohli scored a third consecutive century, his 38th in ODIs, but India his dismissal shattered all hopes of an India win. It was only the first time ever that Kohli’s century at home batting second did not help India win.

“So, when rating batsmen it is how many runs they get in a big chase or in the knockout stages of a tournament that should be the main criteria. Kohli is on top there and leaves everybody behind in his shadow,” Gavaskar wrote.

Meanwhile, West Indies skipper Jason Holder’s decisions in the Pune ODI came in for high praise from Gavaskar, who scored 3092 runs in 108 ODIs.

“Jason Holder has been getting better with every outing as a player and skipper and he did the smart thing by opening the bowling and getting Rohit Sharma with a peach of a delivery,” he wrote.

“Then when Virat Kohli was looking like taking India to a win he brought on the experienced Marlon Samuels to bowl and Samuels clean bowled the India skipper and snuffed out whatever chance the hosts had of winning the game.”