Ever since Virat Kohli‘s arrival in gentlemen’s game, the debate for the most complete batsman in world cricket has spread like the jungle-fire among cricket fans and critics all around the world. In a cricket-frenzy country, where players were treated as nothing less than demigods, the debate around Kohli vs Sachin Tendulkar remains the best pastime for the 1.3 billion people. Despite Kohli not liking the fact that he is being compared to his idol Tendulkar, this has not stopped cricket pundits, experts and fans from indulging in the never-ending debate about these two stalwarts of the game. The other name that often comes up when the Greatest of All Time Debate is on is that of MS Dhoni – as a skipper, he famously le India to two world cups and is eyeing a third one with the Men in Blue.

After all the fanfare and hoopla, Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene has now compared Kohli, Sachin and Dhoni while stating who is the best cricketer between the trio. Weighing in on the topic of Kohli vs Tendulkar vs Dhoni, Jayawardene, who spent a career playing against Tendulkar stated that Kohli has encountered the pressure and expectations both on and off-the-field.

“It’s not just about the ability Virat has but to understand the way to handle pressure not just on the field but also off the field and the expectations. We grew up with Sachin who had to perhaps experience the same thing. And for the next generation, it’s probably on Virat’s shoulders, with MS Dhoni carrying on for a while. Virat has a good group of guys around him as well. If you ask the Indian fans they would want Virat to win the game and that is something he has managed to control really well,” said Jayawardene to India Today.

“Being the captain as well is not an easy thing. He has managed to understand that the captain’s role is on the field but when he is batting it is that which is very important. So those are little things that define a personality and that is what he has been able to do really well,” he added.

The Indian cricket team led by Virat Kohli will be back in action when they host Australia for two T20Is and five ODIs from February 24 onwards.