India has traditionally been a blessed batting outfit, as several greats of the game have emerged from this part of the world. When one talks about batting, by default, just one name hovers around in everyone’s mind – Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. The Little Master, who undoubtedly is the greatest batsman of all time, took Indian cricket to massive heights with the power of his willow.
Post Tendulkar’s retirement from the game, it seems that the Indians have found his successor in the ever flamboyant Virat Kohli. The Delhi dasher, like Tendulkar, thrives in pressure situations and is the backbone of the Indian batting lineup. Both individuals have scripted some terrific records and top the charts for their respective eras.
According to former Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath, the two are different personalities and shouldn’t be compared. “Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar are different personalities,” McGrath said. “But there is no doubt that Sachin is one of the all-time greats. “Virat is confident; he has got this attitude to batting. He does not back down. “Sachin was positive and confident and went about his business.”
The pace legend mentioned that the most impressive aspect about Kohli was his never say die attitude. McGrath admitted that a guy like Kohli, with such a positive attitude, would be around for a long time. “Virat brings a different level of attitude to the game which I like and I think that will hold him in good stead,” he said. “I think he will be around for a long time. “Virat probably comes a bit harder at you, considering the impact of the T20 format.”
“Test cricket is still the ultimate and young people should hold it in high regard,” McGrath said. “I used to have concerns about T20 cricket and its impact on the game but I think it can have a positive impact by bringing new people into the game to watch it and to play. “That might filter up to the Test level. “You look at the guys like Virat, AB de Villiers, Steve Smith, Joe Root – they are quality Test players and are also up there with the best in T20. “You still need to be a quality batsman to succeed at T20 level too,” McGrath concluded.