Former England Test captain Alastair Cook, who has performed towards legendary Indian batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, feels Virat Kohli is the closest from the present lot to match West Indies legend Brian Lara’s genius, whom he picked as the most effective batsmen he has performed towards.
“I was part of an MCC team that played West Indies at Arundel in the first match of their 2004 tour,” the 35-year-old stated in a Q&A with The Sunday Times.
“We had a decent bowling attack — Simon Jones, Matthew Hoggard, and Min Patel, all of whom were England players. Brian Lara scored a century between lunch and tea which made me realise I was witnessing another level of batsmanship altogether. It was genius at work,” the left-handed Essex opener opined.
Australia’s Ricky Ponting, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, and South Africa’s Jacques Kallis have been the opposite three batsmen amongst Cook’s prime 5 record.
“The ones who came close to that when I was playing for England were Ponting, Kallis, and Sangakkara,” England’s document run-scorer added.
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“Now you would have to put Virat Kohli in that group, especially for his ability to score so freely in all three formats.”
Kohli, who scored 593 runs at a median of 59.30 and completed the four-match Test collection towards England in 2018 as the best run-getter after a disastrous tour in 2014, was the one present cricketer within the record.
The Indian captain has scored 7240 runs in 86 Tests, and 11867 runs in 248 ODIs. The 31-year-old has scored 27 tons in Test matches and 43 a whole bunch in one-day internationals.
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