File photo of Moin-Khan.(File)
File photo of Moin-Khan.(File)

‘Only batsman in current generation destined to be legend,’ Moin Khan picks India batsman as modern-day great

The former Test skipper, who ended his international career in the 2004 home series against India, lamented that the quality of batsmen and bowlers had gone down compared to the 1980’s and 90s era.
By HT Correspondent | Karachi
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 10:06 PM IST

India captain Virat Kohli is regarded as one of the best batsmen of current generation. Kohli has broken multiple records across formats, having already scored 26 Test hundreds and 41 ODI tons. The right-hander is also the leading run-getter in T20Is across the world. Former Pakistan cricketer Moin Khan believes the 30-year-old is the only cricketer among the current generation who is destined to be a legend.

“I see Kohli as the only one among the current generation of batsman who is destined to break many records as well as become a legend,” Khan, who ended his international career in the 2004 home series against India, said on Gsports show on GTV News channel.

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The former Pakistan chief selector also credited MS Dhoni for changing the face of Indian cricket. “I credit Mahindra Singh Dhoni for changing the face of Indian cricket. He really turned them around and saw through what Sourav Ganguly had started. That is why India is producing so many quality players and they have strong bench strength,” he said.

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The former Pakistan Test skipper also expressed disappointment with the current crop of batsmen and bowlers in the Pakistan team. “I look at the Pakistan team and we lack match-winners or game changes like we had in the 80s or 90s. When I was in the team they were so many match winners and we all knew someone would do it that day. That was class,” he said.

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Khan also slammed Misbah-ul-Haq’s decision to accept the dual responsibility of being the head coach and the chief selector. “In our cricket culture which is different to other nations this experiment is not working. Imagine the state of mind of a player in the dressing room. If he shares something about his game or personal life with the head coach, which players do, he must think twice about it because the head coach is also the chief selector,” he said.

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