‘Virat Kohli has a special place even among Indian greats’: Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar, the commentator and former India international said that Virat Kohli had carved a special place for himself among the former Indian  greats.

Manjrekar was speaking in a debate with David Richardson, the International Cricket  Council Chief Executive, Jason Roy, the English batsman, and Mark Nicholas, the  former Hampshire cricket and broadcaster, after Richardson delivered the MCC Spirit  of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture on Monday.

Asked to rate Kohli as a batsman, Manjrekar said, “Even among Indian greats now,  he’s finding a special place. It’s amazing. You talk about dirty Varanasi waters, but  Indian waters keep producing these kind of phenomenal batting talents, year after  year, generation after generation, an ICC report on Tuesday said.

“Sunil Gavaskar quit in 1987. We had Tendulkar two years later, in 1989. And as  he was winding up his long career, here comes Virat Kohli.” Earlier this week, Kohli became the No.1 ranked Test batsman in the MRF Tyres  ICC Rankings, after his 149 and 51 in the first Test at Edgbaston kept India alive  for the most part in a 31-run loss.

Heading into the series, there was much talk about Kohli’s form in England – he  managed just 134 runs in five Tests in 2014 – but the India captain put that behind  him to score 200 runs in Birmingham last week.

It was evidence of the self-belief that Manjrekar said was Kohli’s biggest asset.  “Where I find him different from other batting greats is his self-belief, his  self-confidence,” said Manjrekar. “I remember he averaged 13 (13.4) the last time  he was year in England. The very next Test match was in Adelaide, and he walked  out like he was king of Adelaide.

“We’re not scared of him,” Jason Roy said that despite the talents of Virat Kohli,  England don’t fear the prospect of coming up against him. “His self-confidence doesn’t dip, it takes a lot for that to take a beating. That  makes him special. The other thing is his fitness. I think he’s the fittest, greatest  batsman.”

Roy was then asked by Nicholas about facing a team with a modern-day great,  and whether they were afraid of him. But the batsman immediately said, “Not  scared of him, no.”

“He’s obviously a great player, and rightly so, you’ve given him such kind words,”  said Roy. “He’s an extremely good athlete, an imposing batsman, an imposing figure  on the field. We’ve got to find ways of dismantling him somehow, so we can’t give  him too much praise right here.”

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