Indian skipper Virat Kohli is undoubtedly one of the best cricketers of this generation and has been the best performing batsman in the last few years. The flamboyant batsman has been scoring run in all the formats and has been wreaking havoc on every bowler that he has faced in the recent past.
The debate whether ‘he is the best or not’ is not new and every time he breaks a record, the debate gets louder and louder. The talented batsman has a huge fan base across the globe but his uncomplicated ways with the bat have won him two more famous fans – Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.
Speaking about the Kohli’s talent, former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara believes that Virat could be one of the greatest ever cricketers.
Sangakkara shared, “Everything about Virat’s game stands out. I think he is head and shoulders above anyone else in the world cricket today. And I think going forward, he will be one of the greatest ever cricketers, if not the greatest ever.”
He also added that the 30-year-old cricketer has a knack of scoring runs in almost every condition and he has the ability to read the game well.
“Virat has this incredible knack of scoring runs and has a very solid method that he believes in and is very repeatable and if you see the tempo which he bats with, it hardly changes. He does read the situation very well. He is a very passionate guy, you see that in his expressions on the field so I think it is not just one aspect, it is the overall aspect of both the person and how he has sorted his batting and his attitude.”
For Mahela, who is regarded one of the greatest middle-order batsmen in the history of the game and has played a lot of his cricket the Sachin Tendulkar era, it is Kohli’s ability to handle off-field pressure like Sachin that is equally credible.
Jayawardene shared, “It is not just about the ability to handle this pressure on the field, but the way he handles the pressure off the field is commendable. We grew up with Sachin who had to perhaps experience the same thing. And for the next generation, it is probably on Virat’s shoulders, with MS Dhoni carrying on for a while.”
Adding, “Virat has a good group of guys around him as well. If you ask the Indian fans they would want Virat to win the game and that is something he has managed to control really well.”
The 41-year-old former Sri Lanka cricketer concluded by saying that the Indian skipper is how he is able to separate his batting from the captaincy.
The captain of the Indian team, who was rested for the last two One-Day Internationals and the T20 Internationa series against New Zealand, will be seen leading the Indian side again for Australia’s tour of India, which starts on February 24.
About the Author
Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar