Indian markets along with world markets were in one of the worst phases towards the end of 2008, thanks mainly to the financial meltdown. All hopes of a recovery were dashed when the US parliament disallowed any bailout package for US financial powerhouse Lehman Brothers. What followed was nothing short of a bloodbath in the financial markets which lasted until the first quarter of 2009 when the Sensex touched a low of 8,894.
But while the financial markets were reeling under the pressure of continued selling by financial institutions, both domestic and foreigner, Indian cricket was witnessing the birth of an icon.
Virat Kohli stepped took guard on the crease for the first time in October 2008 for a One-Day International (ODI) match against Sri Lanka. Opening the innings for India along with Gautam Gambhir, Kohli was off to a slow start scoring only 12 runs in the first match. India lost the match by 8 wickets with not a single Indian batsman scoring over 25 runs.
Cut to the present day and we have the Sensex hovering around the 34,000 mark and Virat Kohli having accumulated 10,405 runs in ODI in nearly a decade. Kohli is the fifth highest run-getter for India in ODIs. At the top of the list is master blaster Sachin Tendulkar with 18,426 runs, followed by MS Dhoni with 11,274 runs, Sourav Ganguly with 11,221 runs and Rahul Dravid with 10,768 runs.
Kohli also has the record of having the highest number of centuries, 13, as an Indian captain. In hundreds scored across all formats he is behind Tendulkar at 100, Ponting at 71, Sangakkara at 63 and Kallis at 62.
Kohli has clearly outpaced the Sensex during this period. From 12 runs in October 2008 to 9,459 in growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 94.83 percent. Compare this to Sensex which has grown at a measly 14.35 percent.
Kohli has added runs at an average of 1,000 runs per year while Sensex has added an average of 2,500 points every year, but on a percentage basis Kohli has outpaced Sensex by a mile. During the same period NSE Nifty has moved from a low of 2,252 to 10,452 increasing at nearly 1k000 points every year, but then Nifty had a head start of over 2000 points.
In terms of centuries, Kohli has 35 centuries to his credit over the last one decade scoring 3.4 centuries every year at a compounded growth rate of 42.28 percent.
The question now is who will be the first to reach the fifties. Will Kohli reach 50 centuries ahead of Sensex touching the 50,000 mark.
The pace at which Kohli is scoring centuries it’s a no-brainer that he will beat Sensex to the mark. Statistically, that is a possibility.
But then Kohli is nearing 30 years of age. If he scores 3.5 centuries every year he will need five years to touch the 50 one day international century mark. This means he would be 35 by the time he is nearing that level. That is slightly on the higher side to be scoring centuries against bowlers who now run down to you and throw the ball at around 150 kilometers an hour.
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On the other hand, we have the markets that are rising on account of liquidity flows and strong fundamentals. Green shoots of growth are already visible in the Indian economy while most global economies are already showing strong growth potential. It is very likely that markets may continue to move higher. The present growth rate of 14.35 percent BSE Sensex will take over three years to touch the 50,000 mark.
Nonetheless, it is Kohli’s grit, aggression and fighting spirit that has got him to this stage and is likely to take him beyond the 50 mark.