New Delhi, Adoring Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s historic achievement of becoming the first cricketer to earn Sir Garfields Sober’s Trophy for his outstanding performance in 2018-19, former Sri Lankan captain and star wicketkeeper-batsman Kumara Sangakkara claimed that Kohli is well ahead of his contemporaries and destined for greatness.
For Kohli, 2018 was memorable as he won the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) cricketer, Test and one-day international player of the year. With such incredible consistency across formats, he currently holds the top position in both Tests and ODIs in ICC batsmen rankings.
“Everything about Virat’s game stands out. I think he is head and shoulders above anyone else in world cricket today,” Sangakkara said in an interview to a news channel on Monday.
Kohli was clubbed with players like South African AB De Villiers, Australian Steve Smith, England’s Joe Root and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson as the best batsmen in the world. But with Smith suspended, De Villiers retired, Kohli left them all behind with his incredible run-scoring ability.
“And I think going forward, he will be one of the greatest ever cricketers, if not the greatest ever,” former Sri Lankan captain claimed.
Kohli has already scored 39 centuries from 222 one-day matches at an average of more than 59.50. Even in Test cricket, Virat has scored 25 hundred in 77 Tests.
“He has this incredible knack of scoring runs and has a very very solid method that he believes in and is very repeatable and if you see the tempo which he bats with, it hardly changes. He does read the situation very well. He is a very passionate guy, you see that in his expressions on the field so I think it’s not just one aspect, it’s the overall aspect of both the person and how he has sorted his batting and his attitude,” Sangakkara said.
Former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jaywardene also lauded Kohli’s ability to handle the pressure on the field and off the field (the pressure of expectations).
“It’s not just about the ability Virat has but to understand the way to handle pressure not just on the field but also off the field and the expectations,” Jaywardene said.