New Delhi, May 18: India's flamboyant batsman Virat Kohli entered record books after smashing his fourth century in the Indian Premier League's ninth edition.
With the help of yet another fine innings the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper also completed 4000 runs in the cash-rich league leaving Suresh Raina behind.
The Delhi-swashbuckler has taken cricket world by storm, thanks to his supreme form in every format of the game. Only batsman who has scored more centuries than Kohli in IPL is his RCB opening partner Chris Gayle, with five centuries under his belt.
Not only in T20Is, this Indian middle order batter has emerged as a nemesis for bowlers in ODIs and Tests as well. He is on a record breaking spree with every passing day.
Kohli's breathtaking run began with the World T20 and he has carried it well and truly into the IPL, where he has scored a record four centuries and has become the highest run-getter in a season.
"I would like to enjoy this phase rather than think about anything else. I have never been this calm in my head. I am aiming for improvement not just as a cricketer but also as a person."
In an interview to India Today, Kohli also gave an interesting insight to his state of mind before he takes the field in every game.
"I check my heart-rate just before I take the field. I try to calm myself down if the heart is beating too fast as I feel I won't be able to give my best that way. After that I just to look to start my innings and explore," he said.
How does he manage to maintain his intensity on the field after scoring tons of runs for his team?
"I respect the sport. Be it any match, I know I have to give my 120 percent. It is probably because the struggles of the past remain fresh in my mind and that is why I don't take anything for granted. Playing this sport is all I know," said the champion batsman.
Before coming out to bat I check my heartbeat every time. If my pulse is above normal then I try to calm my senses because I won't be able to give my best. After that I just to look to start my innings and explore."