India’s Virat Kohli

Middle-order batsman Virat Kohli will be a crucial player for India, if the Asian nation is to successfully defend the ICC Cricket World Cup title.  Kohli has recently been appointed his country’s Test captain and there are whispers that he could replace MS Dhoni as the One Day International skipper after the sport’s showpiece event Down Under.  Kohli has been part of the setup since 2008 and it did not take long for him to assert his authority, and often in brutal fashion.

In 2014 Kohli clubbed 1 054 runs in 20 ODI innings at an amazing average of 58.55, striking at an incredible 99.62 runs per 100 balls.  The 26-year old also scored five 50s and four tons in this time as he has cemented his place as international batting danger man.

Kohli will be aiming to double up after playing in the cup-winning side in 2011 in Mumbai against Sri Lanka.  On that occasion he scored 35 runs but four years on, there is no doubt he is the man that has filled the void left by Sachin Tendulkar, in the Indian batting line-up.

Kohli’s batting statistics as at 27 January 2015:

149 6224 183 51.86 90.3