Indian skipper Virat Kohli has left his dismal 2014 England tour behind as the blade of his willow has produced plenty of runs this time around and the former wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer believes that Kohli has the godly talent and potential to be the greatest batsman of all time.
“I see him (Kohli) going all the way. I see him (as) one of the greatest batsmen India has produced. In every generation, there is someone. There was a (Sachin) Tendulkar or a (Sunil) Gavaskar. And this is Kohli’s era. And he (Kohli) has all the penitential to be the greatest. He has got the potential to be greater than Sachin and Sunil,” Engineer told reporters in Mumbai.
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“But lets not call him now, let him get to that milestone, break those records and then we will call him that,” added the former flamboyant stumper-batsman.
Kohli as already battered the English bowlers and have scored two centuries in the first three Test and his brilliant knock of 103 at Nottingham helped India bounce back in the series and cut the margin to 1-2.
“Look at Virat Kohli. He had a miserable tour of England last time he played there (in 2014). And his confidence was really low. But Virat is such a fighter and he said to himself - I am the finest batsman in the world and let me prove it. Not only on Indian or Caribbean wickets, I am going to get runs in England too,” said Engineer.
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“And my word, he has batted so well. And he set a great standard for the team, (saying) ‘if I can do it, you all can do it,” added the Mumbai-based former cricketer.
Meanwhile, Kohli has won the battle against his nemesis – James Anderson – who had given him a tough time in 2014 and Engineer said he was particularly impressed with how Kohli has converted his unplayable deliveries into playable ones.
“It has impressed me immensely, because the way Virat has converted those unplayable balls into playable ones. The way our boys played at Trent Bridge (in the third Test), I am proud of them and Virat Kohli set a wonderful example there,” he signed off.
(With inputs from PTI)