The 23-year-old Delhiite, the fastest Indian to cross the thousand-run-mark in ODIs, has left a couple of far more talented contemporaries behind, grabbing the opportunities he got with both hands.
Virat Kohli has become the leading run-getter in ODIs in 2011 with an aggregate of 1381 at an average of 40.61 in 34 ODIs this year. Kohli has matured as a cricketer over the years and has earned his spot in the Test side touring Australia.
It has been a swift climb for Kohli, captain of the Under-19 World Cup winning side in 2007. Despite his impressive debut in Dambulla against Sri Lanka in 2008, Kohli had to serve his waiting period for quite some time. Kohli, who made his debut courtesy Virender Sehwag's injury in Sri Lanka, has grown as a wonderful middle-order batsman who knows his job and finishes the game.
His cool head in tough situations makes it all the more heartening, because this youngster is a typical one who has no fears and complexes about anybody or anything, but has matured enough to understand that the game is bigger than an individual and it's only scoring on the field that helps scoring off it too.
Will he be able to conquer the Australian turfs just as he did in South Africa earlier this year?