Pakistan’s world cup winning skipper, Imran Khan has hailed Virat Kohli and rated him as one of the best batsman in the world.
Indian batting star has been phenomenal since his debut in 2008, he has led his team from difficult situations to a victory on numerous occasions.
Imran Khan, who is known to have a sharp eye when it comes to recognizing cricketing talent, has compared the young man from India in the likes of Viv Richards, Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar.
Khan told Hindustan Times, “Cricket has had eras. In the eighties, it was Viv Richards, and then you had Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar who stood out. Virat Kohli is one of the most complete players I’ve seen. He’s so versatile; he plays on both feet, and on all sides of the field.’’
Imran Khan was present in the stands of Eden Gardens when Kohli drove India home against Pakistan in a nerve wrecking contest of World T20. It was a difficult wicket to bat on and Pakistani bowlers were bowling well.
“It was very painful watching Pakistan lose, but Kohli played a very good game. I look at batsmen from a bowler’s point of view and I think of how to get them out.”
“Just look at how Kohli plays in difficult situations. He’s better than anyone. I’d say he’s the best internationally, today. You can back him to play any match,” stated Khan.
Pakistan’s legendary allrounder claimed that Kohli has a better temperament than Sachin had during his playing days.
“Apart from his talent and technique, he has a very good temperament. His temperament is better than Sachin’s. Kohli performs at the most difficult of opportunities, which Sachin sometimes wasn’t able to,” said cricketer-turned-politician.
Imran Khan coined Indian government’s attitude towards bilateral series with Pakistan as ‘immature’, “I did say he should start the tours, but it was the first time I was meeting him (Modi). If it was our second meeting, I would have said it’s a very immature foreign policy.”