Virat Kohli is an all-time great, says Sourav Ganguly

Virat Kohli is an all-time great, says Sourav Ganguly

"I've seen a lot of great players."

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to score a century on Australian soil. He accomplished the feat in the second ODI against Aaron Finch’s men at the Adelaide Oval. The 30-year-old scored 104 runs from 112 balls after which Jhye Richardson accounted for his wicket. His superlative knock also helped the visitors win the match by six wickets.

Moreover, Kohli’s men levelled the three-match series after losing the opening encounter at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). In the meantime, Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian captain, couldn’t stop heaping praises on the Delhi-born batsman. Moreover, he also hailed him as an all-time great.

He will be great for India

“Kohli is a big player and we are tired of saying this. If any young player was seeing this innings, he will learn how to control the game. When he reached 70, his run-rate jumped to 100 because he knew that run-rate is going high,” Ganguly was quoted as saying in IndiaTV’s show Cricket Ki Baat.

“I’ve seen a lot of great players. I’ve seen Sachin, I’ve played over 300 games myself but for Virat Kohli, all I will say is — Wow. Outstanding and he is an all-time great and the next six years or whatever he plays, he will be great for India,” the 46-year-old added.

Kohli scored his 39th ODI century and also surpassed Kumar Sangakkara’s tally of 63 centuries to become third on the list of most centurions in international cricket. Only Ricky Ponting from Australia and the Master Blaster- Sachin Tendulkar is ahead of the dynamic Indian batsman.

Kohli also has 25 ODI centuries to his name, which also includes six double centuries. India are now scheduled to play the third and deciding ODI match at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and they would have a chance of winning their maiden bilateral ODI series in Australia.

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