Asia Cup: Six reasons why Virat Kohli is king of this tournament

A look at Kohli's past performances in this tournament enforces this hypothesis.

Updated: Feb 19, 2016, 14:41 PM IST
Asia Cup: Six reasons why Virat Kohli is king of this tournament

New Delhi: With the commencement of the Asia Cup 2016, the focus from Virat Kohli's personal life is bound to shift on his professional life.

Having recharged his batteries with a break during the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, India's vice-captain will be rearing to go come February 24.

The right-hander was in supreme form on the recent Australia tour, further cementing his reputation as the batting heir to Sachin Tendulkar.

While Kohli has continued to accumulate runs in ODI and Test cricket, a marked improvement was witnessed in his T20 batting Down Under.

This makes him the most lethal batsman in the world, especially on sub-continent wickets.

The incredibly fit Kohli, firing on all cylinders, is a warning sign for fellow Asian giants like Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Considering the form of both Kohli and the Indian side, there is a high probability that the Delhi lad will finish as the Asia Cup's highest run-getter.

A look at Kohli's past performances in this tournament further enforces this hypothesis.

1) Virat is 8th on the list of most runs in the history of the Asia Cup. He has scored 613 runs in 11 outings.

2) The 28-year-old boasts of the highest individual score (183) in the tournament. The 4th and 28th positions also belong to him.

3) Kohli (61.30) is 5th when it comes to the highest averages in the Asia Cup.

4) With a strike rate of 97.14, he commands 9th place on the list for highest strike rates.

5) Kohli, with 3 tons from 10 innings, is 3rd on the most hundreds list. The two players above him – Sanath Jayasuriya (6) and Kumar Sangakkara (4) - have played 24 and 23 innings respectively.

6) When it comes to most runs in a single Asia Cup series, Kohli is 3rd with 357 runs from 3 matches in the 2011/12 edition. Jayasuriya is on top with 378 runs from 5 matches.