Expert analyst Aakash Chopra, who hails from the same city as Virat Kohli, stated that the impact Kohli has had on indian cricket He is unlike any other player who has played the game in the country, not even Sachin or MS Dhoni. Chopra called his statesmanship the true modern master, as well as Master Chase.
Currently, Virat Kohli is gearing up for another successful calendar year which started with the home T20I series against Afghanistan which India won 3-0. In that series, Kohli returned to the shorter format for the first time since the ICC T20 World Cup semi-final against England in November 2022.
He had to miss the first T20 at Mohali due to personal reasons but returned for the second T20I at Holkar, scoring 29 off 16 before falling prey to the pacer. Naveen Ul Haq. Kohli batted at a strike rate of over 180 and set the perfect tone for the series finale at his IPL home ground, the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
However, Virat Kohli had a night to forget as he went out for a golden duck as the hosts completed the first whitewash of 2024 after two thrilling super overs. But as we all know, Kohli doesn’t care about his score and he was happy to see the Men in Blue get over the winning line thanks to Rohit Sharma’s 121 off 69.
His selflessness makes him one of the best batsmen in the world and many believe his impact on Indian cricket is second to none. If not all, at least Aakash Chopra does. While talking about Virat Kohli in his latest YouTube video, Chopra stated that Kohli has checked all the parameters to become a modern-day great and believes that he has inspired an entire generation to get fit.
“If you have to judge the greatness of a player, there are 3 or 4 parameters. One in longevity. He is 35 years old and looks like he can play 4 more years. Then you see the impact of him on the game. He wins games and makes an entire generation fit in. He has had a huge impact.” – Chopra stated.
The former opening batsman turned pundit also claimed that Kohli’s skill and mental strength during the second innings chases is what really defines him as one of the best to ever do it and reminded everyone about the match-winning knock he played against Sri Lanka in 2012. in Hobart.
“The only thing that defines him is the pursuit game. He is the modern master and the master of the chase. I feel the name ‘chase master’ was coined in the match against Sri Lanka in Hobart where India needed an extra point to qualify. How well he hit Lasith Malinga and all the other bowlers.” – Chopra added.
“His adaptability across formats is another aspect” Aakash Chopra praises Virat Kohli’s desire to be the best in all three formats
Aakash Chopra concluded by stating that Virat Kohli’s desire to be the best and his willingness to adapt across formats is another aspect of why he has had such a massive impact, especially for the next generation.
“Another important aspect is how you adapt to the three formats; that’s what he does. Then, of course, the pure records, the numbers. The numbers don’t lie about him: 50 ODI centuries, four double centuries in a year in Tests and almost 1000 runs in an IPL season.” – concluded Aakash Chopra.