Virat Kholi is the great entertainer of Indian cricket.
Enigmatic, unpredictable, and in full flow, a joy to watch at the crease.
A rare talent that can effortlessly shift between the disciplines and light up any cricket match.
In recent times, with the explosion of popularity of twenty twenty and limited overs, his aggressive, big hitting style has caught the eye and made him a household name the world over - who doesn’t enjoy seeing the cork disappear over the stadium!
After a period of transition, India have slowly developed in recent years into one of the most complete teams in both Test cricket and limited overs, under his stewardship too.
Thanks in large part to the their captain’s ability to get runs against the very best from the middle of the order. He encapsulates the modern day cricketer and has become the darling of a cricket mad country in the process.
But, one youngster has stolen his hero’s limelight with a brilliant catch, worthy of any match.
Looking on from the boundary at an enthralled Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, the punter managed to do what the New Zealand outfield had failed to do all afternoon in picking one of Kohli’s textbook strokes out of the air.
En route to a magnificent innings of 121, Kohli dispatched a massive six into long on off the bowling of Adam Milne.
As it crossed for a maximum over the head of the hapless outfielder, the alert kid shifted underneath it and held on with one hand.
A catch that would make Kohli, a fine fielder in his own right, or the great Suraesh Raina proud.
Unfortunately for the Silver Ferns, it didn’t do much to slow the run rate as India went on to post a very handy looking 280-8 in the first One Day International between the two nations.
In response, New Zealand have lost an early wicket in their run chase and have tended to struggle in the trying conditions of the sub continent - maybe they should ask the boy to get his pads on?