Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, India has won its 8th consecutive Test-series, which second best in the world. There is no doubt about Virat Kohli being regarded as the cricketing icon of the world. Aravinda de Silva, the former skipper of Sri Lanka, is known as one the best batsmen of their country. In a recent interview with the Times of India, he expressed that Virat Kohli’s arrogance reminds him of one of the greatest legends of cricketing fraternity, Viv Richards.
I think he(Virat Kohli) reminds me a lot of some of the past greats like Viv (Richards). The way he took on the mighty Australians in Australia was something very special. Like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and then Sachin Tendulkar, who all changed the complexion of Indian cricket, Kohli has it in him to take Indian cricket to a different level.
The legend’s thoughts over home team loss:
The legend does feel that the home team is not playing up to the mark. He is feeling dejected and expressed his views saying
Well, it is very sad to see our team not winning but I think we need to seriously sit down and formulate a plan so as to take cricket in the right direction. We need to have a long-term plan.
After the enforcement of follow-on, the home team Sri Lanka surprised India with a comeback but it not good enough to overcome the trailing runs. The home team lost by an innings and 53 runs. Upon being asked about his thoughts, he responded saying
The SLC needs to have a proper plan and start developing these players and give them more exposure. We need to develop some bowlers who can go through the opposition batting.
De Silva’s advice to the young Lankan cricketers:
With the decline of quality performance from the Lankans, the former skipper does feel the need of quick improvement in the team. The recent setback with India has forced them to reconsider their game plan. In the interview, he was asked for suggestions regarding Lanka’s younger generation, to which he replied
Well, the kind of aggression you need when you are an underdog, like how (Kusal) Mendis batted in this Test must be appreciated. You just need to go out there and play fearless cricket. I hope the younger generation is able to do that consistently. Like what happened with India after Kapil Dev led the country to the World Cup win in 1983.
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Some cricketing legends feel he is is a master-class batsman, while some suggest he still needs to work to meet the legacy of the esteemed cricketer. Though there are a variety of opinions on his performance, Virat Kohli has always taken it in a positive way and made sure he overcomes his flaws in batting and his leadership skills. India now eyes to whitewash the series with one Test match to go. With Jadeja being banned for the third Test, it would be interesting to see the new combination Kohli opts for.