KAPIL THE GREATEST ALL ROUNDER OF INDIAN CRICKET IS ALSO AVID OBSERVER OF GAME. MAN WHO BOWLED OVERS AFTER OVERS ON DEAD PITCHES OF INDIA IS ALL PRAISE FOR VIRAT BUT HAS RIGHTLY MADE SOME CAUTIOUS REMARKS AS WELL….
Virat Kohli is never short of praises from cricket fans all over the world and especially from greats of the game itself. Former India World Cup winning Captain Kapil Dev spoke about the current Indian Captain Virat Kohli at a book launch event recently in New Delhi; drawing comparisons between Kohli and other cricketing greats such as Viv Richards and Sachin Tendulkar
Kapil Dev stated that Virat Kohli is the best batsman he has ever seen. An interesting comment made by him was that Kohli’s batting style is the combination of Sachin Tendulkar and Viv Richards. While Tendulkar’s batting was all about elegance, balance, sound technique and dominance, Richards was all about style and brute. Kapil Dev described his surprise at the pace at which Kohli is striving towards greatness and stated that people might talk of Kohli ahead of Sir Don Bradman if the Indian captain can go on in the same manner.
Speaking about Kohli’s attitude, which is much debated topic in the cricketing world at present, Kapil Dev praised his approach making a lasting impact and, Kohli can influence the bowler in the modern way by telling him to continue bowling; instead of the traditional way in which the batsman would put his head down after hitting a boundary to avoid making the bowler angry.
Kapil Dev then spoke about the importance of fitness in Cricket. He stated that Kohli has set a benchmark for fitness in the game, which sometimes leaves him wondering whether he is over fit and training hard might cause Kohli’s muscles to burn out faster leading to injuries in the future.
Comparisons between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are much like the infamous Messi-Ronaldo debate in football, never-ending and hard to pick one between the two greats of the game. However, Kapil Dev pointed out that Kohli has the ability to pick the length of the ball quite early and, an excellent technique, better than de Villiers in his opinion, and that’s why he places Kohli a notch above the South African batsman.