Virat Kohli will leave a T20 legacy says Jayawardene

Mohali: Indian Captain Virat Kohli after the toss of first Test match against South Africa in Mohali on Thursday. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist(PTI11_5_2015_000007A)

Former Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene, who is part of an elite club of scoring 10000 plus runs in both test and ODIs, has hailed the T20 exploits of Indian batsman Virat Kohli and considers that when the batsman finally calls it a day he will leave a legacy of his own.

Kohli has been in stunning form off late and has accumulated loads of runs in the past few months or so. He has scored 333 runs in 6 T20 international matches this year. He was named the player of the tournament in the recently concluded World T20 where he was the second top scorer. Taking a look at the T20 career of Virat Kohli it is astonishing to notice that he averages 58.60 and has notched up 16 half centuries.

Cricket - West Indies v India - World Twenty20 cricket tournament semi-final - Mumbai, India - 31/03/2016. India's Virat Kohli plays a shot. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

“He’s still an old fashioned player but he plays patiently,” said the 38-year-old, who was the chief guest at the Shyam Bhatia Cricket Awards in Dubai on Thursday.

“He’s showing in his own way that he can be as good as any power hitter. He’s very effective and I think that’s brilliant. I really enjoyed watching him in the World T20 in tough conditions and in under pressure situations. Right now, he’s definitely one of the top three batsmen in the world, if not, the best.”said the former Sri Lankan player.

He added: “We shouldn’t compare generations. Sachin has been fantastic for his generation and Kohli will leave a legacy in his generation. Kohli’s generation starts now and he will now turn into a man. I am sure he will leave a legacy and mark.” concluded Mahela Jayawardene.