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Virat Kohli is `beyond phenomenal', but, Dhoni needs to remember history before opting for run chase in crucial games
I am always critical whenever M.S. Dhoni opts to bowl after winning the toss. He maybe fond of chasing but history says that whenever India opted to bowl in a key match, it only lost that match.

In 1987 semi-final against England, skipper Kapil Dev won the toss and elected to bowl. India lost the match. In 1996 same mistake was repeated in semi-final against Sri Lanka and India lost at the Eden Gardens. In 1999 in a virtual knock out match, Azharuddin won the toss and elected to field first against Australia. Australia won the match and instead of being knocked out of the World Cup it went on to win it.

In 2003 WC final Sourav Ganguly won the toss and put Australia into bat, the result is known to every one. That's why whenever India win a toss and elect to field I always become frustrated as I knew that so called Indian strong batting line virtually collapses.

In this World T20 also India lost a match against New Zealand after winning the toss and electing to bowl first. However whenever India is put to field first by opposition's skipper, they always look as great chasers. In 2011 WC Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat. Gautam Gambhir and Dhoni made India win that match. Similarly in some important matches including Natwest trophy etc, some brilliant batsmen like Yuvraj, Mohammad Kaif, Sehwag, Sachin etc proved their mantle while chasing the targets.

This is the era of Virat Kohli who proved himself as one of the greatest batsmen while chasing a huge target. In fact in last four years, it's because of Virat Kohli that team India is seen as a great run chasing side. What's special in Virat Kohli?

One would really wonder that Virat Kohli even in the shortest format of the game i.e. T20 plays orthodox cricket. He doesn't try for reverse sweep. Innovative cricketing shots such as upper cut, switch shot, wild slug are played by some of the destructive and so called T20 champion batsmen like A.B. de Villiers, Glen Maxwell, Steve Smith and others. 

Virat plays perfect cricketing shots such as cover drive, pulls, flicks, glances, late cuts, straight drives etc. He's not only consistent but also his strike rate is fantastic and is most successful batsman in any situation.

Some see him as a mix of Sachin, Sehwag and Dravid. He has commitment like Sachin Tendulkar, aggression like Sehwag and technique like Dravid. That makes him master batsman. Sunil Gavaskar rightly said that he is the world's best batsman at the moment and "beyond phenomenal".

Frankly, Virat had crossed the line of great batsman stature. He is in the making of greatest legendary cricketing icon. He's just 27 years old and at least eight years of cricket is still left in him. By the end of his career he is set to break all records. It's always unfair to compare among great batsmen, but Virat is on the way of achieving a stature even higher than Sachin Tendulkar.

Thus Virat Kohli is a great hope for team India's campaign in ICC World T20 Championship 2016. But M.S.Dhoni should remember that Virat too is a human. Thus he needs to recall all previous data and should never opt to bowl first in critical matches. Rohit, Raina, Dhawan etc are good batsmen only when India bats first.

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