‘Jitney praise karo isko kum hai’ – Mohammad Yousuf backs Virat Kohli to smash centuries soon
Virat Kohli's century drought has now been of almost one and half years.
Updated - May 1, 2021 2:52 pm
Former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has backed Virat Kohli to come back and get a few hundreds in the upcoming months. Yousuf spoke about the batsman’s class, praising him and also giving an opinion that he will soon start scoring hundreds again. Kohli, who was known for getting hundreds at the international level regularly, is going through a drought.
The Indian captain has now not scored a century in international cricket since November 2019, when he got a Test hundred against Bangladesh in Kolkata. Yousuf expressed that the Delhi batsman is only 32 years old and this is the age when top batsmen experience their prime. He also praised his achievement of scoring 70 hundreds already. Kohli has 43 ODI and 27 Test tons as of now.
“Kohli is only 32 and this is the age at which top batsmen hit prime and it is only a matter of time before he starts getting hundreds again,” Yousuf said in an interview and was quoted by Times of India. “To achieve what he has already achieved is formidable and to me, scoring 70 Test and One-day International hundreds (by Kohli) is extreme,” said Yousuf.
I don’t think there is a comparison between Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar: Mohammad Yousuf
Yousuf further goes on to say that no matter how much we praise the batsmen, it is not enough. However, he also said that his performances are no match to what Sachin Tendulkar had. “He (Kohli) has done it and jitney praise karo isko kum hai. But at the same time I don’t think there is a comparison between him and Sachin (Tendulkar),” former Pakistan batter said.
Yousuf played 90 Tests and 288 ODIs in his career which spanned during the Sachin Tendulkar era. He noted that Tendulkar played against a different league of bowlers and scoring 100 centuries is a huge achievement. “Tendulkar was a different class altogether. He scored 100 international hundreds and keep in mind the era he played in and the bowlers he played against,” said the former Pakistan captain.
The former Pakistan cricketer also said that India has had technically better batsmen compared to his nation because they have idols to look up to. He also said that he was lucky to have been coached by Javed Miandad and looked up to solid batsmen in the team like Saeed Anwar and Inzamam-ul-Haq.
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