Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has heaped praise on Virat Kohli, saying the current India skipper has carved a special place for himself among former Indian greats.Also Read - Virat Kohli Was to be Issued Show Cause Notice by Sourav Ganguly; Ravi Shastri Saw It Coming But he Didn't: BCCI Source
“Even among Indian greats now, he’s finding a special place. It’s amazing. You talk about dirty Varanasi waters, but Indian waters keep producing these kinds of phenomenal batting talents, year after year, generation after generation,” said Manjrekar on Monday while speaking in a debate with International Cricket Council Chief Executive David Richardson, England batsman Jason Roy, former Hampshire cricket and broadcaster Mark Nicholas after Richardson delivered the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture. Also Read - No Virat Kohli in ICC Men's Test Team of the Year As Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin Make the Cut
“Sunil Gavaskar quit in 1987. We had Tendulkar two years later, in 1989. And as he was winding up his long career, here comes Virat Kohli,” he added. Also Read - IND vs SA, 2nd ODI: With Series On The Line, India Hope to Put up Better Batting Show
Kohli, who scored 149 and 51 in the Edgbaston Test which India lost by 31 runs, on Sunday became the number one ranked batsman in ICC Test Rankings. His batting performance earned praise from all quarters, more so because of the fact that he had a terrible outing to England in 2014 when he managed to amass just 134 runs in five Tests at a dismal average of 13.4.
And according to Manjrekar, Kohli’s biggest asset was his self-belief. “Where I find him different from other batting greats is his self-belief, his self-confidence. I remember he averaged 13 (13.4) the last time he was here in England. The very next Test match was in Adelaide, and he walked out like he was king of Adelaide.”
India, who are 0-1 in the five-Test series, will take on England in the second match at Lord’s beginning Thursday.