Virat Kohli is Right Up There Among the Greatest Batsmen of All Time Says Brian Lara
Former Windies legend Brian Lara has rated Virat Kohli as one of the very best batsmen of all time due to his sheer consistency and numbers in all forms of the game. Brian Lara said that by the time Virat Kohli finishes his career we can just only imagine that where he will finish as a batsman. Kohli has staggering numbers especially in ODI cricket and can go onto break any record in the near future especially in the 50 overs format.
During his interview with the Times of India, Brian Lara was asked in terms of batting greatness where he will rate Virat Kohli for now and in reply, Lara said he will definitely be right up there with some of the best batsmen if all time.
“Oh, he’s already there. Right up there with the best. He’s a run machine. I mean, you look as his numbers. They’re unbelievable. And the outlook he brings to the game. By the time he’s done, we can only imagine where he’ll be. For a guy who spends a significant amount of time getting himself ready in terms of fitness and discipline, it’s phenomenal,” Brian Lara was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
There is certainly no doubt about the fact that Virat Kohli has established himself as the best modern day batsman. Kohli has scored runs in all conditions and irrespective of formats and oppositions. Kohli has already smashed 41 ODI centuries in his career and is just 8 centuries behind the great Sachin Tendulkar.
Ever since his rise in international cricket, Virat Kohli has been compared time and again with his idol, Sachin Tendulkar and Kohli has always stated that it is unjust on his part to be compared with someone who has been his childhood idol while growing up. He even mentioned that had it not been for Sachin Tendulkar, he might not take up cricket professionally.
There has been a notion among critics and cricket fans that Sachin Tendulkar played a better bowling attack during his career. While it is correct to a certain extent, we cannot blame Virat Kohli for that. He has taken his game to a different level and who knows he might have been consistent even had he faced the likes of Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtars and the Wasim Akrams.
“I can see why that happens. Imran, Wasim, Waqar, McGrath, Warne, Murali, Donald. We had our share of bowlers to face. But Virat can’t be held guilty of that, you know what I mean. Again, I don’t believe that bowling is that bad now. The fact is that he’s an unbelievable player and a great asset for the game and Indian cricket.
If everybody looked up to Sachin Tendulkar, it was because of his determination to surpass everybody and that came with the longevity. That aside, the other thing about Sachin is he scored runs all around the world in all conditions. Those are things, I’m sure, Virat takes very seriously. Those are going to be the catalysts as he goes about seeking greatness,” Brian Lara further added during his interview with TOI.
Meanwhile coming back to Virat Kohli and IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore have managed to keep their hopes alive in Vivo IPL 12 after registering a slender 1 run victory against the Chennai Super Kings. Virat Kohli has gone through an indifferent form. However, the century against Kolkata Knight Riders proved why he is regarded as one of the best batters of the modern generation.
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