Former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara has praised Virat Kohli after the Indian captain’s innings of 149, saying that he can go on to become India’s greatest ever batsman.
“The way he is playing, Virat can well become the greatest ever Indian batsman,” he told on the sidelines of his commentary stint with Sky Sports yesterday.
“In terms of Sachin’s legacy, both in terms of cricket and the way he has dealt with pressure, he is unique. But Virat is well on his way to match that. He is comfortably the best in the world of his generation and with time, he will mature even more.”
“If he understands himself a bit better and keeps improving his game, he will break quite a few records,” Sangakkara added.
Kohli was lucky to survive a couple of scares in the beginning of his innings when he was dropped, but he continued batting with confidence and was instrumental in India reducing England’s first innings lead to 13 runs.
Sangakkara felt that it was Kohli’s “decisive feet movement that did the job” in his innings, which is in stark contrast to how his feet moved when India toured England in 2014.