Tendulkar was great but Kohli more damaging, feels ex-England cricketer David Lloyd

Tendulkar was great but Kohli more damaging, feels ex-England cricketer David Lloyd

Calling Kohli a “broadcaster’s delight”, 71-year-old said that the former is very polite off the ground by on it, he is very animated.

David Lloyd
David Lloyd. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

With just three days to go before England and India renew their rivalry in the ongoing five-Test series at Rose Bowl, the focus has started to come back on skipper Virat Kohli and issues related to him. Former England cricketer David Lloyd recently spoke about the Indian captain and did not hesitate to call Kohli the “best ever Indian batsman”.

Lloyd, who played nine Tests and eight ODIs for England between 1974 and 1980, is a popular cricket commentator and analyst now. While speaking in the comm box on Kohli and other factors related to him, Bumble was high on praise for the batsman who has delivered in the current series from the word go. He even puts Kohli a notch ahead of legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

Kohli can dominate an era

“Sachin Tendulkar was aesthetically very pleasing, easy on the eye. But if I had to win a game I would have banked on Brian Lara and I see that trait in Kohli. He is a bit like Viv Richards too — he can absolutely dominate an era. Sachin was a great player but Kohli can inflict more damage,” Lloyd, said.

Calling Kohli a “broadcaster’s delight”, 71-year-old said that the former is very polite off the ground by on it, he is very animated and it becomes very difficult to take the camera’s focus off him.

“The way he constantly talks and inspires the bowlers is quite a treat. He obviously gets the respect because he is a fabulous player, but you can see that the emotion apart, he is very honest with his players as well. There’s been a massive turnaround in this Indian team in the way quick bowlers have taken over completely and I feel Kohli is the perfect man to develop them. He looks a natural leader,” the former Lancashire man said.

Team India is currently trailing the series 1-2 with two more matches to go. They came back strongly in the third Test at Trent Bridge after losing the first two and Indian supporters are hoping that Kohli’s men will register one of their greatest comebacks in the series.

“Well, no other team but for Don Bradman’s 1936 side has done it…So it will be difficult. But in England this season, teams getting 300 should be in a position to win and I believe India would be in the game,” Lloyd further said.

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