Captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli doesn’t need anyone’s stamp to prove his greatness in the cricketing world. The 29-year-old batsman scored his 34th ODI century in the 3rd ODI against South Africa at Cape Town and is now, just 15 tons away from Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 49 ODI centuries. If his genius and dominance, in modern day cricket, needed any backing from experts on the subject, then Sourav Ganguly and Javed Miandad have just put their stamp of approval on his name and cleared all doubts.
The former Pakistan batsman called Virat Kohli a genius and said that the reason behind the Indian skipper’s success is his correct batting technique. “In Virat Kohli’s case his batting method is what allows him to score runs not just once but almost every time he comes in to bat,” Miandad said, while talking to a Pakistani website. The former Pakistan captain added if a batsman’s technique is bad, he can put some runs on the board once in a while, but he will not be able to do that consistently which is exactly true in Kohli’s case.
These comments from Miandad came after the Indian skipper had smashed 160 runs off 159 balls against South Africa under humid conditions in Cape Town. Kohli had come out to bat in the very first over of the innings and remained not out, playing a knock of superior quality.
Meanwhile, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, in a column for TOI, has compared Virat Kohli with legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Ricky Ponting, and Brian Lara. The southpaw said that to see India lead a series 3-0 against South Africa, especially after losing the Test series, speaks volumes of the character shown by Virat Kohli and his boys.
Ganguly said that Kohli’s amazing control and his ability to adjust along with the energy and intensity he brings to his batting in each and every innings makes him special. The former Indian captain said that to score 34 ODI centuries in such a short span of time is incredible.
After losing the first two Tests of the series, Virat Kohli and team bounced back incredibly well, following the win in the last Test with three ODI victories. India’s spin twins: Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been simply “unbelievable” in the ongoing ODI series, picking up 21 wickets amongst themselves. The South Africans have conceded that they have yet to get a hang of the duo, which has tormented the hosts continuously.