Former India batsman and chief mentor of the Kings XI Punjab, Virender Sehwag, refused to compare Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli to Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday. “No one should compare two cricketers. People compare me with Tendulkar, me with Vivian Richards which isn’t fair. The era isn’t the same so I don’t think you should compare Kohli with Tendulkar,” said Sehwag.
Kohli won the man of the series in the recent World Twenty20 and has already smashed two centuries in the ongoing IPL, where he is the leading run scorer with 561 runs.
Sehwag, however, said that Kohli has left many accomplished batsmen in the shade with his current form. “Virat Kohli is the most dangerous at the moment. Chris Gayle is not playing, AB de Villiers, David Warner are there but the way Kohli is playing in the IPL and also scoring two hundreds, he is the most dangerous player around.”
Talking about the speculation of India hosting its first day-night Test against New Zealand, the 37-year-old said it would be good for the fans. “Right now it is only media speculation. There is no clarity about it right now. When BCCI announces it, it will be fair for us to comment. But everyone wants it to happen as we saw Australia and New Zealand play it. Even we want it to happen in India so that we can also watch it.”
With Punjab languishing at the bottom of the table and with a change in captaincy, Sehwag is optimistic of a turnaround next season.
“This year the matches were close, which if we could have won, we would have been somewhere in the top of the table. We hope to perform well in the remaining four matches and our overseas players who haven’t fired yet such as David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Hashim Amla need to come good because if they get going, then we can win any match.”
On Murali Vijay’s captaincy, Sehwag said, “We thought that Miller shouldn’t handle the captaincy and should focus on his batting, we won two games after that. So there is a quality in Murali Vijay that can lead a side and he has a very good cricketing brain. He changed things around for Punjab and hopefully in coming years he will do a good job. He is a player who has played enough of cricket to understand a captain’s role and how to motivate the team. Miller as a captain was under a lot of pressure and wasn’t performing as a batsman also. We thought we will take the load of captaincy off him so that he can score and win games. I think Murali Vijay was the right choice.”