Kapil Dev backs Kohli to break Lara’s record
India’s first World Cup winning captain, Kapil Dev has backed the current test captain of the country, Virat Kohli to be the man who will break the invincible record of Brian Lara of scoring most runs in a test inning, which is 400.
Brian Lara achieved this feat against England in 2004 in Antigua and since then, no one has gotten close to challenge that record.
However, Kapil Dev believes that the 27-year old, BVirat Kohli, who has been in phenomenal touch for the past around two years, will shatter the long held record.
Kohli has been scoring in all formats of the game and all around the world, he was the key element in India’s success in Australia in the ODIs and the World T20 in their backyard.
In the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League, Virat Kohli was simply unstoppable as he scored 973 runs that included four tons as well.
In the first test match against the West Indies, Kohli scored his maiden double-century, other than that, he has eleven centuries to his name in the longest format of the game.
Kapil Dev said, “Mark my words. Virat Kohli will make 400 plus in a Test match. Remember I said this first.”
The former Indian captain believes that Sachin Tendulkar was more blessed than Kohli at this age in terms of talent, but, he had that mental block.
“At his age, Sachin Tendulkar was more talented. But then he had that mental block. He would get to a hundred and then get into a rut,” he said.
He has faith on Kohli that he can punish any bowling attack and he will get some perfect batting wickets on which he will go on to surpass 400 runs.
“There has been a tremendous improvement in Kohli. Still, I would say Sachin was more talented. But Kohli is the type who will tear an attack apart.
“With so many Test matches coming up this season I am sure Kohli will find the perfect pitch to his liking on which he could threaten the world record 401. I know many pitches will be turners in the home season, but I am sure Kohli will get one or two perfect pitches. I am sure one day soon the record will be in danger.”