New Delhi: Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli has been in sublime form lately and recently he proved his mettle once again when he scored his 34th ODI century against South Africa in the third ODI of the ongoing series. Lauding the batting dynamo for his efforts, cricketing great and former West Indies captain Alvin Kallicharan compared Kohli to the great Vivian Richards.
“The attitude is strong in both [Kohli and Richards],” Kallicharran told the Times of India in an interview. “I am one person who wouldn’t like to compare players. But Kohli’s attitude is as ruthless as Viv’s was. Kohli seems to have some of those qualities. He is a successful captain. As a batsman, he is a phenomenon. Always hungry. His consistency is tremendous.”
Kallicharan, who captained the West Indies in 1977/78, also believes that Kohli is not an orthodox captain and taking unpopular decisions is his biggest strength.
“I don’t think India would ever have a captain like that, except perhaps Kapil Dev. Kapil used to take decisions on his own and he was an exciting cricketer. He used to make some decisions nobody thought could happen in cricket. Kohli now has brought a new brand of captaincy. Virat Kohli is not an orthodox captain,” said Kallicharan.
Under Kohli’s leadership, Team India have been no.1 in Test cricket since November 2016 and dominated teams they played against at home in 2017. Even though they lost the Test series in South Africa, but the Men in Blue bounced back in a solid manner in the ODI series, in which Kohli has already scored two centuries in three games. Also, India have taken the 3-0 lead in the six-match series and they could even record a first ever ODI series win in South Africa if they win anyone match of the remaining three.