Virat Kohli celebrated his 25th birthday on Tuesday sitting on top of the ODI rankings after he took the Australians by storm, scripting two record ODI chases with his whirlwind centuries.
Compared to the great Vivian Richards at times, Kohli, the current India vice-captain, has now for long been talked of as MS Dhoni's heir apparent. Kohli is making all the rights moves to wear that crown, and though it won't be anytime soon, he showed in the 5-0 washout of Zimbabwe, that he is ripe for the job.
Kohli scored 61, 100*, 68, 115* and 0 in the five completed matches against Australia, which gave him a total of 344 runs in the series at an average of 114.66. The performance saw him fetch 38 ratings points that put him on top of the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen for the first time and only third Indian to do so after Sachin Tendulkar and Dhoni.
Kohli is also the quickets to reach 17 ODI centuries, 58 innings quicker that Sourav Ganguly. Out of those 17 tons, 11 have come while chasing, which is only behind Tendulkar's 14. His career average right now is over 52 with a strike-rate of above 88.
Kohli has racked up 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year for the last three years - 1381 in 2011, 1026 in 2012 and 1033 in 2013 so far. He is also the only batsman to score five consecutive ODI fifties on two occasions.
Looking at his consistency and the rate at which Kohli is going, he is in line to break many records.