Team India head coach Rahul Dravid was all praise for Virat Kohli on the latter’s 35th birthday, terming him as a “legend” of the game.
Over the years, Kohli has gone onto become one of the best batters in the world, breaking several records along the way. Kohli, currently taking part in the Cricket World Cup, is also close to equalling Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries.
“Virat’s a legend of the game, especially (in) this format of the game. I think all formats of the game, but particularly this one (50-over), I think his performance and the way he finishes games. The standard of his performance over the years has probably set a benchmark for his generation of cricketers,” Dravid told the during a conversation with the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Ravichandran Ashwin also complemented Kohli, saying that Kohli had changed the “DNA” of thinking around Indian cricket.
“He has changed the DNA of thinking around Indian cricket. How one batsman needs to perceive and prepare for the game,” said the all-rounder.
Shubman Gill noted Kohli’s “hunger and passion” towards cricket. “His hunger and passion for the game are unparalleled. I have not seen anyone as hungry as Virat Kohli,” commented the India opener.
At the time of writing this report, Kohli was unbeaten on 68 after India were put to bat by South Africa in their World Cup match in Kolkata.
With seven wins in as many games, India have already qualified for the semi-finals of the World Cup. South Africa also qualified for the semis following Pakistan’s win over New Zealand in their rain-affected game on Saturday.