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Former Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir has revealed Virat Kohli’s one ability that sets him apart from other world-class batsmen including Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers, and Chris Gayle. Recently, Gautam Gambhir had raised questions over Virat Kohli’s incompetency as the captain of the Indian team and his RCB franchise in IPL.
Gambhir, himself, has been a multiple title winner with the Indian team. He won his first significant ICC tournament in 2007 when team India lifted the inaugural edition of the ICC T20 World Cup. He played a match-defining knock of 97 runs in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 to help the India National Cricket Team grab the coveted title after 28 years.
Now, Gambhir has said that there are no questions over Virat Kohli’s potential as a batsman and he has one certain quality that sets him apart from the crowd.
Gautam Gambhir Lauds Virat Kohli:
Speaking at Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected chat show, Gambhir explained why Kohli is different from India’s limited-overs skipper Rohit Sharma.
“That’s why he’s (Virat Kohli) different from the rest. You look at Rohit Sharma. He does not have the quality which Virat Kohli has, of rotating the strike. Rohit Sharma has those big shots, but that’s why Virat is more consistent than Rohit,” said Gambhir.
“Chris Gayle doesn’t have that ability to rotate the strike, AB de Villiers doesn’t have the ability to rotate strike off each delivery against spin-bowling, Virat Kohli has that, and that’s why he averages over 50,” said Gautam Gambhir.
Virat Kohli Has Been Phenomenal For Team India
Kohli is now eighth on the list of the most runs scored by a batsman in international cricket. The Delhi-based star has a very long career ahead and the kind of form that he has been in, it seems a considerable possibility that Virat Kohli will lead this chart too.
Kohli has grabbed a whole lot of national and international honours during his stint as an international cricketer. He bagged the Arjuna Award in 2013. He was honoured with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, in 2017. Apart from it, he has featured in a lot of ICC teams over the years across all formats and won the best cricketer award multiple times.