He was rated high due to his tremendous commitment, devotion and passion for the game underlying his unabated hunger for the runs, especially in the challenging conditions. But now he has not even been able to touch the mark of 50 runs since May this year.
Also, he is one of the fittest athletes of team India and carried an image of a wonderful fielder - but not anymore. Since 2011, he could take only 15 catches in the slip and has dropped 11.
Thus, the signals are not good and now many of his die-hard fans have started to believe that he is losing focus, self confidence, and nowadays his body language does not commensurate his capabilities. It appears that his concentration has been distracted for the reasons better known to him.
Also, I still believe that there is no dearth of talent in Virat Kohli. But is he following the right track? Many of the writers have already compared him with the legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
Kohli's attacking batting style, fearless stroke play, ability to judge the tricky deliveries, excellent footwork, ability to fast track the score on the demand of occasion, instantly developing a rapport with the batsman at other end, ability to explore the gaps by improvising instantly as per the field placement and meticulously chosen shots stands him apart from the rest of the other prominent batsmen globally. But now the magic is waning.
It appears that he is undergoing performance anxiety. Fine, every sportsperson has to undergo this testing phase. But when someone of the stature of Virat Kohli constantly fails to deliver, it indicates that the cause of his failure might be having a deeper root. He has been inconsistent, shown bad judgment, looked lost and sadly been low on self-esteem.
Thus, it appears to be high time that the management and especially the coaches ensure that he is guided properly to sail him out of this bad phase. All possible steps required to assist Kohli to bounce back should be undertaken immediately, including counseling. We want him to fulfill his immense talent.
He has a wonderful batting average of 52.16 in 134 ODIs, having 19 centuries and 30 half centuries to his credit. He is having an equally impressive record in tests with an average of 42.37 including 6 glorious centuries and 9 half centuries. It is imperative for Kohli to bounce back as early as possible, for the competition is really getting intense with the emergence of young and talented boys ready to strike.
He has to go a long way in this meticulous journey of Indian cricket. We all love this kid and are not ready to accept his fall, come what may. Hope he realizes. Best wishes!