It is not easy being Virat Kohli, feels Harbhajan Singh
Virat became the fifth player from the country and 13th overall to become a member of the 10,000-run club.
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Virat Kohli’s superhuman form with the bat makes his game look so easy that one of his team members, Yuzvendra Chahal, said recently that his batting (along with the other basher, Rohit Sharma) seemed as if someone is playing cricket on a play station. Kohli scaled 10,000 runs in the ODIs as the fastest batsman and also slammed his 37th hundred in the 50-over format in the tied second game against Windies.
However, how easy it is actually to be Virat Kohli? The Indian captain, who will turn 30 on November 5, has scored tons of runs in all corners of the world now and has claimed a spot in the list of the legends. He smashed the record of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar while hitting his 10,000th run by doing it 53 matches and 54 innings earlier – a feat which his future challengers will find it difficult to better.
According to ace Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, it is not easy to be Kohli. Speaking to India Today, he said: “But talking about Kohli…My salute to this guy. The way he goes about his business, every time he walks out on the field with all the expectations from him. He is just unbelievable. A run-machine I would say. It is not easy being Virat Kohli. He is one guys who takes the load on his shoulder.”
The 38-year-old bowler, who last played for India in March 2016, however, said his respect for Tendulkar will remain the same even if Kohli betters his records. Tendulkar has 49 hundreds in ODIs and 100 overall in international cricket. Kohli has 61 hundreds in all at the moment.
Harbhajan calls Kohli ‘perfect role model’
Harbhajan said Kohli was a “chubby guy” when he arrived but changed himself through hard work. Kohli is now one of the fittest players in the circuit and Bhajji called him a “perfect role model”.
The Indian skipper became the fifth player from the country and 13th overall to become a member of the 10,000-run club. He has also scored two consecutive hundreds in the ongoing series which India are leading 1-0 and will look to produce more out of his good form.