Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels Indian skipper Virat Kohli is the best player in the world. Vaughan also emphasised he has not seen any batsman better than Virat Kohli. Vaughan clarified that he is not “disrespecting” the batting greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting or Brian Lara.
The stylish 30-year-old batsman on Sunday smashed his 25th century in the longest format of the game, and in the process became the second fastest to achieve this feat by surpassing Sachin Tendulkar. While Kohli has taken 127 innings to reach 25 hundreds, Tendulkar had to play 130 innings to achieve this feat.
“I have not seen a better player. I’m not disrespecting Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara or Ricky Ponting but across three formats of the game I have not seen anyone better,” Vaughan wrote about Kohli in his column for Foxsports.
“He has such high skill levels and an incredible mentality when it comes to dealing with the pressure of the chase. All that while dealing with a weight of expectation and adulation that only Sachin would have experienced,” he added.
The 44-year-old also heaped praises on India’s four-man quick attack.
“The concern for Australia is that so far in this Test match the Indians have managed to get more uneven bounce out of the pitch than the home bowlers. The quicks seem to be getting out-bowled by this highly skilled Indian four-man attack,” former England captain wrote.
Earlier, former Australian great Allan Border also lauded Indian skipper. Border also said Kohli could surpass the likes Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting and Tendulkar in the record books.
“I think by the time Kohli finishes he (could) statistically be equal or better than all those players,” Border has said.