Despite endless debates, India captain Virat Kohli is arguably the best batsman in the modern era and is miles ahead of his contemporaries in terms of scoring runs across all three formats of the gentlemen’s game.

After conquering the final frontier in England and scoring a memorable hundred at Edgbaston, Kohli has further stamped his authority as the world’s best. Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has termed Kohli as “big occasion player” and has compared him with legends such as Brian Lara and Vivian Richards.

“He likes the big occasion like (Brian) Lara and Tendulkar and (Viv) Richards and Javed Miandad and all the great batsmen. They want the big occasion and that brings out the best in their cricket,” Waugh said.

The legendary Australian said the Delhi-born cricketer has shown all the traits of a great batsman and will continue to rule the sport in the times to come.

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He also added that Kohli has the best batting technique among the current cricketers in the world.

“He (Kohli) has got the game to survive anywhere, I think he’s got the best technique of anyone in world cricket,” Waugh was quoted as saying in Cricket.com.au.

“He and AB de Villiers have got the best techniques, and AB de Villiers is not playing Test cricket so that makes him (Kohli) the stand-out player.

Kohli has scored 5754 runs in 67 Tests at an average of 54.28. He also amassed 9779 runs in 211 ODIs at 58.2 and 2102 runs at 48.8 in 62 T20Is.

Kohli blasted 149 and 51 runs in the first and second innings against England in the opening Test to become the seventh India batsman and the first since Sachin Tendulkar (in June 2011) to top the ICC rankings for Test batsmen.

(With PTI Inputs)