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Virat Kohli has ‘super natural’ talent, says Windies legend Alvin Kallicharran

Alvin Kallicharran never misses the opportunity to watch Virat Kohli play. When the Indian skipper scored yet another one-day century against South Africa, the West Indies cricket legend was watching him play on TV during his two-day stay in Pilibhit.

cricket Updated: Feb 09, 2018 09:51 IST
Sharad Deep
Sharad Deep
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Alvin Kallicharran, who was in India recently, says Virat Kohli would be scripting a new history in Indian cricket.(HT Photo)

For Caribbean cricket legend Alvin Isaac Kallicharran, India captain Virat Kohli is a complete cricketer, who is capable enough to script new history in world cricket.

The 68-year-old former West Indies skipper Kallicharran never misses the opportunity to watch Kohli play. When the Indian skipper scored yet another One-Day International century against South Africa in Cape Town, the man was watching him play on TV during his two-day stay in Pilibhit.

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“He (Virat) is tremendous and his style of batting, especially when he clobbers a four or a six, excites me very much. I always want the man to bat on whenever Team India is playing,” said Kallicharran over phone.

“I find him a complete cricketer, who has a super natural talent for batting. The way Kohli is batting, he would be scripting a new history in Indian cricket,” said Kallicharran, soon after distributing prizes at the Inderjeet Singh Memorial State Cricket Tournament in Pilibhit on Thursday. In the final, Meerut defeated Rampur XI by five wickets.

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Virat Kohli scord his 34rd ODI ton in the third match against South Africa. (REUTERS)

Great future for Indian cricket

Kallicharran, who played for West Indies from 1972 to 1981 and scored over 4000 runs in 66 Tests, heaped praise on the India colts, who won the ICC U-19 cricket World Cup in New Zealand last week beating Australia by eight wickets in the final.

“I could see few matches of Indian boys, including the final, and I am really impressed with the showing of next-gen cricketers,” he said. “The youngsters have set a tone for the future and I can see many of them making to the Team India in future.”

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“Shubman Gill in batting, and young seamers like Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi impressed me a lot. I pray for their success in the future,” said Kallicharran, who was well known for his elegant batting style.

A key member of the Word Cup winning West Indies team in 1975 and 1979, Kallicharran had his highest score (187) against India in the 1978-79 tours. He sounded worried for West Indies cricket.

“Certainly things aren’t good. But I believe, West Indies cricket is progressing and very much hopeful and that soon the Caribbean would again be dictating terms at the world level,” he said. “We have good bowlers as well as batsmen too. What we need is consistency in team’s performance. It’s going through its building process and soon we would see positive results.”

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 09:32 IST