Sunil Gavaskar said on Friday that Virat Kohli will rewrite all records after the India captain scored his fourth double century against Bangladesh in Hyderabad on Friday. “Virat is going to rewrite all records. He is on his way to becoming a legend,” Gavaskar told NDTV after the second day of the Test. (HIGHLIGHTS)
Playing his 54th Test, the 28-year-old Kohli has already scored 4413 runs with 16 centuries and 14 fifties. Sachin Tendulkar holds the record of most Test runs (15,921) with 50 centuries. At the 50-Test mark, Tendulkar had scored 3438 runs at an average of 49.82 with 11 centuries and 16 fifties so Kohli is going almost neck-and-neck with his idol. (SCORECARD)
The first batsman to cross 10,000 runs and a true batting legend, Gavaskar’s prediction is extremely significant since he rarely gets it wrong. Long before Tendulkar had broken any record, Gavaskar had predicted that he would score at least a hundred centuries and 15,000 runs in Tests. When Tendulkar had finally achieved that, Gavaskar had said he was happy about not looking like a fool.
Now with Kohli showing the same fluency with the bat, Gavaskar is hoping he would create new records. The key to Kohli’s form, Gavaskar says, is his ability to overwhelm the opponents. “He destroys the confidence of bowlers. Virat’s belief in himself is key to his consistency,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying.
Gavaskar has praised Kohli in the past too. “India is blessed to have somebody of the talent of Virat Kohli coming through. The fact that he has in his emerging years spent a lot of time with the likes of Sachin, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman and put that experience to good use on the field speaks very highly of this young man’s cricketing intelligence. That is the key,” he had said.