Virat Kohli Is A Good Batsman But Not In The Same League As Tendulkar, Dravid: Mohammad Yousuf
The former Pakistani player, Mohammad Yousuf, has said that the Indian skipper Virat Kohli is not in the same league as Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar. A quality batsman of his time, Youhana was speaking on a TV show and when asked about his views on Kohli, he said,
“The quality of cricket nowadays does not match the quality we had in the past. Virat Kohli is a very good batsman and I like to watch him play but I don’t think he is in the same league of Tendulkar, Dravid or Laxman,” Yousuf said on Geo Super channel.
“Some might not agree but I don’t think today we have the same quality bowlers or batsmen that we had when I played. Look at Australia’s present bowling line-up they have no one to match Glenn McGrath or Shane Warne, India had Anil Kumble, Srinath and some very good bowlers. South Africa and West Indies also had strong bowling attacks while Sri Lanka relied heavily on Muralitharan,” he added.
Youhana’s statement seems to be correct if looking it from one angle but it is also a fact that Kohli has excelled with the bat, even after being appointed as the captain of Indian cricket team, which wasn’t the case with many of Indian greats. Even Tendulkar left the job of the skipper after failing to perform the duty.
Kohli, in his short career, has excelled both as a batsman and as a skipper. Since taking over the job of captain, he has scored four double centuries in just over two years. He led India to their first victory in Sri Lanka, after a period of 22 years, a record which MS Dhoni – the most successful Indian captain – could not achieve. In addition to that, Kohli might also become the only captain to win two series here if India defeats Sri Lanka in one of the two remaining Test matches.
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Kohli has received that tag of a great player at very young age and currently, he is the only player to average 50+ in all the formats of the game. There are other great batsmen in the world cricket at present, who are also leading their team but do not have an impact like Kohli. The biggest example is Steven Smith, who, like Kohli, is young and leads his team but when compared, Kohli is way ahead of the Australian skipper. If compared to Joe Rot and Kane Williamson as well, Kohli stands ahead of them.
The Indian skipper may be behind them if talking about one particular format but if taking every format at the same time, then Kohli leads the race. And the level of competition which Youhana mentioned, the game changes with time and a player faces different problems at a different point in time. With an improvement in technology now, it has become very easy for a bowler to spot an issue with a batsman’s technique, which wasn’t the case when he was an active player. So comparing two players of the different era is not a legit comparison.
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