- Kohli set to be the greatest batsman after Bradman
Virat Kohli made his entry in world cricket as a chubby U- 19 cricketer who was seen as the most passionate young bloke around. Winning the U-19 World Cup in 2008 and his impressive domestic records, Kohli was thrusted into the senior team in 2008 itself. A crop of youngsters from the U-19 team had shown promise and were expected to achieve greater things in the future, but only one guy put his hand up and exceeded all expectations one could have. From being “Chiku” to “King Kohli”, the journey has been exhilarating for all Indian cricket fans alike. The rise and rise of Virat Kohli in international cricket has been exemplary by all means.
In the recent past, a lot of present and former cricketers have spoke highly of the abilities of the Indian Captain, for his extreme dedication and love towards the game, which is imminent by the way he plays. Former Sri Lankan Captain Kumar Sangakkara has again spoken about the greatness of the Indian captain and stated that Virat Kohli has a chance to become the greatest after Sir Don Bradman.
Kohli, 31, has already scored in excess of 11,000 runs in ODIs with an average almost touching 60, with 43 centuries in his kitty; he is expected to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of maximum centuries in ODIs. With an additional 7000 plus runs in Test Cricket and another 27 centuries to his name, Kohli is touted to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 international centuries. Kohli is also the only international batsman to average in excess of 50, in all three formats of the game.
The Indian captain’s insatiable hunger for runs and his tremendous fitness level is a major reason for Kumar Sangakkara to feel that Kohli is set to be the greatest after Bradman.
“Virat is phenomenally fit. I know, and I have seen and heard of his amazing commitment and dedication to being the best that he can be, both on and off the field – physically, mentally and skill-wise. “He has the opportunity to become maybe the greatest after the Don, Virat Kohli is one of the best I’ve ever watched”– Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara was quick to highlight Kohli’s constant urge to make his team win every game, and believes that Virat Kohli is one of the best batsman he has ever watched. The former Sri Lankan captain also seemed mightily impressed with his old fashioned way of batting, as Kohli prefers playing down the ground. Sangakkara has also praised his passion towards the game.
“He’s a rare breed among cricketers. Inspiration wise, one of the best I’ve ever watched in my life, across every format. What I like the most about Virat is his passion, his personality and the fact that he is not scared to show his emotions visible on the field – whether he’s captaining the side or he’s just fighting a line battle, trying to get India to win. He’s an old-fashioned cricketer. Not too many high-fancy shots, but deadly effective,” said Sangakkara