West Indies legend Vivian Richards has heaped praise on Virat Kohli after the latter scored his maiden double century in Test cricket in the first Test against West Indies at Antigua.
Starting the second day on 143, the batting sensation continued his march without any discomfort at all. First up, he crossed the 150-mark off 208 balls. Then he went past his previous Test highest score of 169 scored against Australia at the MCG in December 2014.
After that, he became the first Indian captain to score a Test double-century away from home.
“It was a magnificent hundred. To score a double hundred at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground is a formidable task in terms of what he has achieved,” Richards was quoted as saying by bcci.tv.
“I remember when I met him at the hotel (before the Test series) I did say good luck, but I didn’t believe he would take it this far in terms of achieving a double. As a batsman myself, it was very pleasing to see and even though it was against the West Indies, I do appreciate seeing class and his was a classy knock.”
Although the knock came against a young and inexperienced bowling attack, Richards insisted that the knock is special since it was scored away from Kohli’s home conditions.
“It is always an achievement for you as an individual to go into someone else’s backyard and accomplish victory because we all know what we can achieve at home. But when you go away, it is tougher conditions and so, it is more enjoyable. For him (Kohli) to achieve his first double hundred away from home here at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua must have been quite enjoyable,” Richards said
Richards, who is widely acknowledged as one of the most destructive batsmen the game has ever witnessed, said that Kohli’s strong desire and magnificent appetite to perform sets him apart from the other batsmen.
“He certainly has a magnificent appetite to perform. His talent is as good as any. Sometimes, we have seen talent fall by the wayside. Kohli has certainly maximized his talent in my opinion and taken it to the next level because of the fact of believing and the will he has and the desire to succeed,” Richards said.