I haven’t seen a better player than Virat Kohli, says Michael Vaughan
Vaughan was seriously impressed with Kohli's century in Perth/
Updated - Dec 17, 2018 3:07 pm
A day after becoming the second fastest batsman to pick up the 25th century in Tests after Sir Donald Bradman, Indian captain Virat Kohli received yet another certificate as the world’s best batsman and it came from former England captain Michael Vaughan. There have been other batsmen in the era in which Kohli wields his willow who have also caught the world’s attention but the ban on Steve Smith and retirement of AB de Villiers have perhaps made it easier for him to finish the race with leisure.
Kohli has scored consistently well across all the three formats of the game today and that is the reason why the likes of Vaughan have ranked him better than anybody else, even batsmen from the previous generation. Though he is yet to score a century in T20Is which is fair given the fact that he bats down the order, the 30-year-old has picked up 63 international hundreds in just 10 years of cricket and looks a clear threat to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s tally.
The 25th Test hundred that came in Perth also saw Virat Kohli equalising Tendulkar’s record of scoring the most number of Test hundreds in Australia (six) by an Indian though he did it in just three tours compared to the latter’s five.
Not disrespecting others
“I have not seen a better player (than Kohli). 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 was quoted by Fox Sports as saying.
“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.”
Kohli slammed three consecutive ODI hundreds against the Windies last month in India and in the process, became the quickest to earn membership of the 10,000 runs club, smashing Tendulkar’s 17-year-old record. He has 38 centuries in the 50-over format, just 11 short of Tendulkar’s 49.