Former Pakistani batsman Zaheer Abbas is the latest in the list of admirers of Indian captain – Virat Kohli. Known as the ‘run machine’ of that era, the 71 year old believes that Virat Kohli has achieved the status of a legend through his ability to maneuver runs on a consistent basis, under any given circumstance.
“For me, a legend is one who dominates his own generation and Kohli is doing that with a degree of ease. That makes him already a legend,” Zaheer said. “Kohli plays with a lot of authority on both sides of the wicket, giving you the impression that he is a class player. His feet movement is extremely assured and there is an element of fearlessness in his game which I really admire.”
Kohli’s knock of 149 and 51 in the first Test at Edgbaston impressed Zaheer the most, as he battled it out with pure skill and grit under favorable conditions for the host nation.
“I have seen a lot of great Indian players and he is right up there. I don’t like comparing generations, because each era has its own demands, but Kohli is as good as anybody else, he showed that he can be good in English conditions and I am expecting good things from him,” Zaheer explained.
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