Virat Kohli will be among the greats, feels Waqar Younis
The former bowler, who was known for his toe-crushing Yorkers, also revealed his plan on tackling Kohli.
Updated - Oct 1, 2018 7:32 pm
India have played another international tournament after their disappointing 1-4 loss in a Test series against England but the world is yet to get over the memory of Indian captain Virat Kohli’s flawless flow in that series. The batsman scored 593 runs in five matches, burying the ghosts of the 2014 series and convincing former greats that he indeed belongs to the highest league. England was the only place where Kohli didn’t have a hundred prior to this series and now he has conquered all nooks and corner.
One among the former players who have hailed Kohli is Waqar Younis, a cricketer with 789 international wickets. The former Pakistan bowler, captain and coach said that Kohli will become “one of the best of all time” and compared him with former legends like Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli will resume his batting in the upcoming Test series against the Windies at home after being rested for Asia Cup held in the UAE recently.
“He is a fine player, he is another one who is going to be a great like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar. I mean he is going to be up there with the very best the game has ever seen,” Waqar, 46, was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times.
How Waqar would have bowled to Kohli?
The former bowler, who was known for his toe-crushing Yorkers, also revealed his plan on tackling Kohli. He said the best plan against Kohli is to attack him continuously outside his off-stump area. “The best plan is if you are an outswing bowler, which I was in my days as a fast bowler in international cricket, I will probably bowl to him outside the off stump and look to take the ball away from him with a bit of short of a length and ask him to drive,” he said. He, however, said that it is only a hope and conditions don’t matter once the 29-year-old batsman gets himself settled.
“I think as a bowler you have got to be sensible when you are bowling at him. You can’t really challenge him. You have to stick to your plans I guess,” the Pakistani said as a cautionary note for the bowlers. Kohli had the outside-the-off-stump problem during his 2014 series but he rectified it this time and came out with flying colours.