Indian captain Virat Kohli’s 24th Test hundred is just an example of the rich vein of form the right-hander has been in Test cricket and the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, praising the effort of the 29-year old labelled him as the, “best player in the world” today.
The 29-year old stroked his way to a classy 139 in the first innings, thereby becoming only the second fastest batsman to score 24 Test hundreds after the legendary Sir Donald Bradman who had done it in 62 innings. Kohli, who has got to the landmark in 123 innings surpassed the likes of greats like Sachin Tendulkar (125 innings) and Gavaskar himself (128 innings).
Kohli’s hundred helped India tighten their grip on the West Indies in the first Test match in Rajkot.
“Virat Kohli is the best batsman across formats in the modern era. He is by far the best batsman in the world,” said Gavaskar, as quoted by India Today.
The West Indies’ batting was in stark contrast to how Kohli batted and Gavaskar called for the visitors to take a “leaf” out of the Indian captain’s book.
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“The way he applies himself is hard to describe. It is beyond phenomenon. If only the West Indies batsmen took a leaf out of his book,” the 69-year also said.
“On Thursday, he was not very smooth to start off with perhaps because he was coming back after a break. Then he was in cruise control. Despite the heat, he ran hard not just for himself but also for his batting partner at the other end,” he added.
India bundled out the Windies for just 181 runs, thereby gaining a huge lead of 468 runs. Following on, the visitors have already lost five wickets having scored 142 runs and would have to overhaul a deficit of 322 more runs if they have to make India bat again.
Image credit- pakobserver.net (Sunil Gavaskar)
Image credit- NDTV Sports (Virat Kohli)