Virat Kohli is a genius and best batsman in the world: Javed Miandad
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Virat Kohli is a genius and best batsman in the world: Javed Miandad

Pakistan cricket team legend Javed Miandad was also all praise for Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli’s batting technique in an interview.

cricket Updated: Feb 08, 2018 15:26 IST
Ankit Kumar Singh
Ankit Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Virat Kohli is the only international cricketer who averages above 50 in all three formats of the game and former Pakistan cricket team skipper Javed Miandiad attributes the Indian cricket team skipper’s consistency to his ability to adapt thanks to his near flawless technique.(REUTERS)

Virat Kohli has left cricket fraternity in awe with his prolific run scoring ability in all three formats of the game. Kohli, who scored his 34th ODI hundred to fashion Indian cricket team’s win against South Africa in Cape Town on Wednesday, keeps receiving praise from both past and present cricketers across the world. (SA vs IND 3rd ODI Highlights)

The latest to join the club of Kohli admirers is Javed Miandad, former Pakistan cricket team captain and one of the legends of the game. Miandad, who was known for an aggressive brand of cricket during his playing days, declared Kohli as the best batsman in the world during an interview with (SA vs IND 3rd ODI Scorecard)

“Kohli is a genius who is the best batsman in the world,” he said.

Underlining the importance of having a right technique to become a great batsman, Miandad attributed Kohli’s remarkable success to his correct batting technique and ability to adapt to different conditions and bowlers.

“In Virat Kohli’s case his batting method is what allows him to score runs not just once but almost every time he comes in to bat. If a batsman’s technique is bad, he can put some runs on the board once in a while, but he will not be able to do that consistently which is exactly true in Kohli’s case. To me the mark of a great batsman, like Kohli is the fact that he can vary his technique by quickly understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the bowlers,” he said.

With a tally of 34 hundreds in ODIs, Kohli is behind to only compatriot Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 centuries. Considering he is only 29 looks good to play for the next six-seven years, he seems all set to break the master’s record. Kohli has also scored 21 hundreds in Tests. At present, he is the only batsman in the world who averages 50 plus in all three formats of the game.

First Published: Feb 08, 2018 12:51 IST