Virat Kohli is Better than Sachin Lara and Ponting Says Kapil Dev

Indian legendary Cricketer Kapil Dev stated that Virat Kohli is better cricketer than World’s all-time greats Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara and Viv Richards. We know very well that Virat Kohli is the best batsman in current time but this debate is a little premature. Is Virat The Best??

Admitting that he is in admiration of the Virat, Kapil said India’s Test captain has grown into a “performer whose benchmarks would be near impossible to match”. Kapil Dev has placed Virat Kohli one step ahead of Sachin Tendulkar.

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Sachin Tendulkar is the Hero and inspiration for Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli scored 55 runs off 37 balls against Pakistan in World T20 2016. On a pitch where the ball was turning from Madison Square in New York to Maddox Square in Kolkata, Virat settled India’s worries and a batting line-up that was in danger of an collapse. Under the lights of Eden against a very good bowling attack, he calmly steered India home and revived the hosts’ World T20 campaign. What’s more, where rest of his peers from both sides were struggling on a devilish pitch, Kohli seemed be playing on a different strip, hardly touched by the vagaries.

It convinced Kapil Dev that he can surpass boundaries at will.

Sachin and Ricky Ponting
Sachin and Ricky Ponting

“The more I see of Virat the one step ahead of some of the greats like Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting. Let there be a debate but I am clear in my opinion that Virat, despite achievers like Joe Root and Kane Williamson, is the best in business in contemporary cricket in all three formats of the game. He will grow into the best of all time because of his awesome potential to adapt without fuss,” the former India captain Virat Kohli wrote in Mid-Day.

Kapil Dev felt that Kohli’s ability to remain cool under pressure comes from the confidence. And in situations where even the best of them wilt under the burden of expectations, Kohli manages to hold his nerve. Consequently, he is rarely hustled into a false first-ball stroke, said Kapil.

One of the best all-rounders of his time and among the best ever, Kapil should know a thing or two about batting and he felt Kohli’s ability to use the crease sets him apart from the rest of the pack.

“To me the outstanding feature of Virat’s batting is his use of the crease. He is the lord of the crease and that gives him the freedom to always look for runs. This quality transfers the pressure to the bowlers because he tends to defy the field with ridiculous ease,” he wrote.


Apart from Kapil Dev, many former Cricketers are feeling that Virat Kohli is the best. Former Indian Captain, Sourav Ganguly ‘Dada’ said, “Virat is a special player. He holds the team together. You have top guys like Rohit (Sharma), Suresh (Raina), Yuvraj (Singh) but the way Virat has played over the last six seen years, he is at another level,”

“The current Pakistan team lacks motivation. It needs someone like a Kohli who can lead them from front and motivate other players. The talent, the players are there in Pakistan but they need a big player like Kohli. Like we had Wasim bhai (Akram) in our days,” former Pakistani Captain Inzamam said.

So what do you think, Virat is the best or still the long run to go for him???

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