Virat Kohli will finish as one of the greatest ever cricketers, if not the greatest ever, former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara said. Meanwhile, Mahela Jayawardene lauded Kohli for his ability to handle pressure off the field.
- Kumar Sangakkara said "everything about Virat's game stands out"
- Mahela Jayawardene praised Kohli for his ability to separate his batting from the captaincy
- Sangakkara said Kohli's ability to handle pressure like Tendulkar is creditable
Virat Kohli's all format batting ability has won him plaudits from the best in the business. The Indian captain's uncomplicated ways with the bat have won him two more famous fans: Kumara Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who have close to 25000 test runs between them seem to love Kohli.
In an interview with India Today at the launch of their food joint, 'Ministry of Crabs' in Mumbai, Sangakkara lauded Kohli. "Everything about Virat's game stands out. I think he is head and shoulders above anyone else in world cricket today. And I think going forward, he will be one of the greatest ever cricketers, if not the greatest ever," he remarked.
Until a couple of years back, AB De Villiers, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson were ranked in the same class with Virat Kohli. But with Smith suspended, de Villiers retired and Virat Kohli scoring runs in the toughest of conditions in South Africa, England and Australia, he is now regarded as the best batsman in the business.
"He has this incredible knack of scoring runs and has a very very solid method that he believes in and is very repeatable and if you see the tempo which he bats with, it hardly changes. He does read the situation very well. He is a very passionate guy, you see that in his expressions on the field so I think it's not just one aspect, it's the overall aspect of both the person and how he has sorted his batting and his attitude," Sangakkara added.
For Jayawardene who played a lot of his cricket in the Sachin Tendulkar era, it's Virat Kohli's ability to handle off field pressure like Sachin that's equally creditable. "It's not just about the ability Virat has but to understand the way to handle pressure not just on the field but also off the field and the expectations. We grew up with Sachin who had to perhaps experience the same thing. And for the next generation, it's probably on Virat's shoulders, with MS Dhoni carrying on for a while. Virat has a good group of guys around him as well. If you ask the Indian fans they would want Virat to win the game and that is something he has managed to control really well," he said.
Former Sri Lankan skipper Jaywardene heaped praise on Virat Kohli for his ability to separate his batting from the captaincy. "Being the captain as well is not an easy thing. He has managed to understand that the captain's role is on the field but when he is batting it is that which is very important. So those are little things that define a personality and that is what he has been able to do really well," he pointed out. Source