Virat Kohli and Vivian Richards are two of the finest batsmen cricket has ever seen. They made their own mark on the game with their unique styles. They have rewritten history books and redefined the game. Here we look at the common similarities we find between these batting greats.
5. Sheer will and desire to win
Both Vivian Richards and Virat Kohli has always had the desire to win the match no matter how hopeless the match is. They have almost single-handedly won the matches for their teams even when all the others have failed miserably which make them stand apart from the others.
Also as a captain Viv Richards had not lost a test series in 10 years which shows his class. Even Virat Kohli made a young India side challenge other teams outside India with his captaincy.
4. Able to score in all conditions
Vivian Richards was one player who used to score both on spinning tracks as well as bouncy pitches at will during his generation with fierce intent. Virat Kohli has already proven his class by scoring runs at will no matter the conditions as he has memorable knocks in every country he played in.
3. Nightmare for bowlers
Viv Richards was a nightmare for bowlers as they were literally afraid to bowl to him due to his fierce striking of the cricket ball. The big West Indian have managed a strike rate of 90 during his playing time in ODIs when 200 was considered a par total in a 50 over game.
Virat Kohli, on the other hand, is a class act who takes his time and accelerates at tremendous pace as he stays longer which makes him a nightmare for the contemporary nowlers. Their ability to out-think the bowler before the ball is even bowled makes them special.
2. Record chasers
Both the batsmen have been very good at chasing. Viv Richards has often led his side to victory while chasing, same has been the case with Virat Kohli. The Delhi ace has arguably become the greatest chaser, the game has ever seen. He has made chasing look so easy that the opposition teams are happy to let his team bat first.
His adaptability to chasing totals is nothing less than superficial. He has played many memorable knocks both for India and RCB while chasing.
If there is one quality that Virat Kohli replicates so well as Vivian Richards then that has to be aggression. Both the batsmen has always been aggressive on the field and has maintained a calm and quiet life off-field.
They have always been expressive on the field. Needless to say, this has helped them elevate their performance and made them stand apart from their contemporary batsmen.