West Indies great Clive Lloyd has heaped praise on Virat Kohli, saying the current number one ranked batter is an “exceptional batsman” but as a captain, he is still a “work in progress”.
Kohli attained the number one spot in the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen after scoring 200 runs in India’s 31-run loss in the first Test against England at Edgbaston.
“Virat is still a work in progress and it will take us some time to take a final call on his captaincy,” Lloyd told The Times of India.
Lloyd, who was in attendance at Lord’s during the ongoing second Test between England and India, and watched the visitors concede a 250-run lead at stumps by the third day, further said, “But yes, he has shown positive signs. Yes, he is aggressive, but as long as he doesn’t cross the line, it’s fine by me. Aggression, after all, is not a bad thing.”
Terming the 29-year-old as an “exceptional batsman”, Lloyd said Kohli is doing a few great things for his country and would have definitely made to his side. “He is doing a few great things for his country and if you ask me whether he would have made my side, I would say yes. In fact, Kohli would make a number of great sides across generations.”
Recalling the Indian captains he had played against during his career, the Windies great said he found Bishan Bedi the best. “When I was playing, I had seen five different Indian captains: Tiger Pataudi, Ajit Wadekar, Bishan Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev. They had their own distinctive styles. I found Bedi quite good,” he said.
Kohli-led India are currently trailing the five-Test series against England 0-1.