Virat Kohli will go down Oxford street shirtless if India win 2019 World Cup, says Sourav Ganguly at Agenda Aaj Tak

first_imgVirat Kohli is the toast of the nation these days thanks to his unbelievable scoring rate in all forms of cricket. Ever since he made his debut in 2009, Kohli has been breaking and setting new records in Tests, ODIs, T20I and has decimated almost every opponent he has faced so far.On Saturday, Kohli once again starred with the bat for India scoring his 20th hundred in the ongoing second Test against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi. The Indian captain remained unbeaten on 156 as India reached 371/4 at stumps on Day 1 after opting to bat first.Speaking on Kohli’s latest hundred and achievements on the field, Aaj Tak managed to bring former India captain Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Aakash Chopra and Harbhajan Singh together at Agenda Aaj Tak where the cricket stars heaped praise on the 29-year-old.”When we used to go to Australia, there was a gut feeling Laxman and Harbhajan will defeat Australia on their own. Kohli gives me the same feeling,” Ganguly said at Agenda Aaj Tak.”When we played, Indian cricket was different and the thinking was different and we had to take Indian cricket forward, when Dhoni came, he took it forward. Now during Virat’s time he had an established team and he had to take it even further.”The best thing about Indian cricket is that we have had different role-models in different eras. It has been a step by step growth and we have created champions in different generations. Kohli is the role model now.”advertisement”If Virat wins the World Cup in 2019, he will roam around Oxford Street with his shirt off. Mark my words,” joked Ganguly.Kohli on Saturday surpassed the great Sachin Tendulkar (107) to become the second fastest Indian batsman to score 20 hundreds in Test cricket.Talking about the comparisons between Kohli and Tendulkar, Dada said the current skipper can come close to the Little Master’s records but only time will tell if he can break any of them.”Don’t know if Virat can break Sachin’s records…I don’t compare two generations. But he has scored 52 and if he plays at this rate…he can reach Sachin’s record,” Ganguly said.Laxman agreed with Ganguly’s sentiments and said, ” I agree with Dada. You can’t compare two generations. Sachin was the trend-setter of our generation. He used to go out and win matches for India and we thought we will do that and I see that in Virat.”Harbhajan infact went on to say that as a cricketer Tendulkar was on another level.”Sachin and Virat are different batsmen. It won’t be fair on Sachin. Nobody is like Sachin and there will never be another Tendulkar ever in world cricket. I’ve bowled to both batsmen and I feel getting Sachin out was impossible.”Virat is a great batsman, in great form and has been dominating for the past 4-5 years but I feel Tendulkar is on another level.””If we just talk about statistics, I feel Virat will overtake Sachin in terms of ODI tons. It was difficult for people to imagine someone can overtake what Sachin has done but Kohli has done that and he is setting an example for the team and the whole country. And his love for love for Test cricket will make youngsters love the longest format of the game,” Aakash Chopra also weighed in on the debate.He is also the quickest to complete 52 international centuries across formats, achieving the feat in his 350th innings to beat South African Hashim Amla’s record of 378 innings.The Delhi dasher also went past 3000 Test runs as captain. He is the third Indian skipper after MS Dhoni and Gavaskar to achieve the feat. He also went past 5000 Test runs in the same match today to become the fourth-quickest Indian to achieve the feat in his 105th innings.Kohli is scoring hundreds for fun these days and this was his 11th hundred this year across formats which made him the most prolific captain, in terms of hundreds scored in a calendar year. Overall, he is the third player after Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting to score 11 tons in a calendar year.”He was a 10,000 player (in terms of Test runs) before and now he is like a 20,000 player. He is doing what others have not done before,” Harbhajan said. “I feel Ganguly is the biggest-ever captain of India. He did a very good job to take the team here after the match-fixing scandal and all… Virat is only taking the legacy forward.”advertisement”Virat always had the hunger and any person who has the hunger, he doesn’t look back. He is a champion player and is a role-model for all young players. Virat is a great batsman, in great form and has been dominating for the past 4-5 years but I feel Tendulkar is on another level,” Bhajji added.He has also scored two double tons this year, the first came against Bangladesh in February and the next one he slammed against Sri Lanka in the second Test in Nagpur six days ago. He also holds the record for scoring four double hundreds in consecutive series.The Delhi batsman is the only player in international cricket to average of more than 50 in all three formats of the game at the moment.Kohli has the best conversion rate among the 18 captain’s who have scored more than 10 Test hundreds. Out of the 17 times he has gone past 50 as the skipper, he has converted 13 of those into hundreds.last_img

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