Please support us at: https://www.patreon.com/garguniversity Today he is recognised for his growing maturity, and, more importantly, for his superb skills with bat in hand. Even in the presence, or absence, of his other prolific partners, Kohli has become one of the most dependable batsmen in the Indian middle order. His defensive technique is organised, he is an accomplished strokeplayer all round the wicket - his timing on the legside is especially silken - and he relishes performing when the pressure is on. He was an important presence during India's World Cup triumph, where he struck a vital century in the tournament opener and then played his hand in the summit clash with a patient 35 which formed a crucial part of the third-wicket partnership with Gautam Gambhir that allowed India to recover from the early loss of the openers. Then came the tour to Australia later that year, when he truly proved he belonged at the highest levels in both forms of the game. On a tour in which India's senior batsmen struggled throughout, Kohli stood out, scoring India's only Test hundred - a mature, composed innings in Adelaide. And with India almost out of the CB Series, Kohli uncorked his best with an astonishing 86-ball unbeaten 133 to help India chase down 321 in under 40 overs. Much was expected of him when he occupied the spot left vacant by VVS Laxman before India's home season in 2012. He got off to a bright start, hitting a century and two fifties against New Zealand. His gung-ho attitude, his youthful charm and his aggression have also made him the mascot of his IPL team, the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kohli has repaid the franchise by helping Bangalore reach the finals of the 2009 and 2011 IPL seasons and then almost single-handedly taking them to the title clash in the 2011 Champions League Twenty20. He was handed the Royal Challengers Bangalore' captaincy for the 2013 IPL season, with the intention of grooming him as the future captain of India. With MS Dhoni's injury during the West Indies tri-series, Kohli was given the honour of captaining India on their tour of Zimbabwe in July 2013. With MS Dhoni retiring from Test cricket after the Boxing Day Test against Australia in Melbourne in 2014, Kohli took over as captain of the Test team. He led the side to series wins in Sri Lanka and the West Indies, even as India extended their dominance at home against South Africa, New Zealand and England. He enjoyed a prolific run in 2016, ending the year with a tally of 2595 runs in 37 matches across formats and 20 fifty-plus scores. India finished the year as the No. 1-ranked Test side, following their 4-0 win over England. In January 2017, Kohli took over as captain of India's limited-overs sides after MS Dhoni stepped down from the role.