As Sachin Tendulkar is about to retire, Indian cricket may be wondering who will be able to fill his shoes, and they may not need to look very far to find out. Virat Kohli, who has turned 25 this week, is already showing excellence in a number of areas of cricket.
While Sachin Tendulkar made his debut in the cricket world in 1987, Virt Kohli was not yet born. A year later, in 1988, although at that time unknown, a new cricket star was born. Kohli has already captained the Indian team in the Under-19 series in Malaysia when the team made a World Cup win in 2008. In 2011, he played in the 50-over World Cup, and scored a century, greatly helping the Indian team towards their win.
Kohli has shown some impressive batting, and has already shown himself undoubtedly to be a top cricket player. He has shown maturity both when playing Under-19 cricket and when playing senior cricket. On Sunday this week, it was announced that Kohli ranks as the Number 1 ODI batsman at this time. At the young age of 25, he also holds a record for earning the quickest century ever by an Indian batsman.
It appears that with the large number of cricket records that Kohli holds, and his continued success, he can only continue to go up. As Sachin Tendulkar is a star player and is loved by his fans, so is Kohli.
Tendulkar, who is on his way out of international cricket, is the wealthiest cricket player in India. News sources say that Tendulkar has US $160 million, and next in line is Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has US $50 million. After that comes Yuvraj Singh with US $30 million, and then Rahul Dravid with US $20 million, and fifth on the list is the up-and-coming Virat Kohli with US $5 million.