Former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq is the latest to lavish praises on India captain Virat Kohli, who has been in amazing form in England. Mushtaq feels Kohli is the only batsman who comes close to Sachin Tendulkar in the current era.
“As a batsman, Sachin was a very big player. I cannot compare but today Virat is the only one who comes close,” Saqlain told PTI in an exclusive chat.
Further, speaking about Kohli’s performance at Trent Bridge, the England spin consultant added, “We were talking amongst the English support staff about how he played at Trent Bridge. In this third Test alone, Jimmy Anderson beat his outside edge 40 times, and yet he played the next ball with so much confidence.
“Virat plays ball by ball, run by run and session by session. He has a tremendous hunger for runs and victory. When you have someone hungry like that, he can do anything to satisfy his hunger,” Saqlain explained.
Kohli has already scored two hundreds, a 97 and a fifty in the series. “The way Virat is scoring runs, it is ominous for England. During the first Test, I saw a signboard that said it is ‘England versus Virat Kohli’. If you take him out of the equation, it will be very easy for England,” Saqlain went to the extent of saying in the exclusive PTI chat.
--By A Cricket Correspondent