Seldom we an individual blend dedication and grit, eventually epitomizing the facet named perfection in the most beautiful way possible. Every time Virat Kohli steps on to the ground, it seems as if the national crest is imbibed on his chest. And it wouldn’t be wrong to say that even the greatest of statistician must have struggled to suggest the times the 30-year-old has helped to turn the jaws of defeat into the pride of victory.
The batting sensation of Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara has once again rated him heavily. Kumar Sangakkara believes that Virat Kohli is way ahead of his contemporaries and destined for greatness. Virat had a memorable 2018 as he churned runs and tons in almost every series.
Speaking to a news channel, he extensively praised Indian skipper and said, “Everything about Virat’s game stands out. I think he is head and shoulders above anyone else in world cricket today.”
“And I think going forward, he will be one of the greatest ever cricketers, if not the greatest ever,” he added. "He has this incredible knack of scoring runs and has a very, very solid method that he believes in. If you see the tempo which he bats with, it hardly changes. He does read the situation very well.
"He is a very passionate guy; you see that in his expressions on the field... it's the overall aspect of both the person and how he has sorted his batting and his attitude."
Kumar Sangakkara’s former teammate Mahela Jayawardene also lauded run-machine Kohli and praised his skills to absorb the pressure of 1.3 billion Indians’ expectations. "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," said the former Sri Lanka captain.
"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." Jayawardene said.
Virat Kohli will now be seen in action against the men-in-yellow who are all set to touch Indian soil for two T20 Internationals, followed by five-match ODI series. Further, the series against Australia will be India’s last International assignment before the start of the World Cup.