Mike Gatting, the former England captain, said India captain Virat Kohli deserves to be considered a “great” of the game, not just for his batting feats across formats, but also for his commitment towards Test cricket.
Kohli, who is atop the MRF Tyres ICC Batsmen’s Rankings in both Tests and ODIs, has consistently set new standards, averaging a staggering 57.30 across all formats since January 2018. His immaculate batting prowess and a never-ending appetite for runs has earned him laurels from across the cricketing fraternity.
Gatting’s views are no different. He lauded Kohli for his consistency across formats, while drawing comparisons with his contemporaries, Kane Williamson and Steve Smith. “The fact that he [Kohli] plays all forms of cricket with such greatness, that I don’t think you see from a lot of other people, and possibly might not,” he said on sidelines of a book launch in Mumbai recently.
“Yes, Kane Williamson is very good now. Steve Smith has reignited his career, and his ability to play one-day cricket, but to see someone like Virat perform so regularly and so well in all three formats, he does deserve that tag of great without a doubt. He has said Test cricket (is important) for him, if you have to be regarded as a great player, you have to play Test cricket. This is fantastic,” he said.
The 62-year old was impressed by Smith, whose twin hundreds powered Australia to a 251-run win in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston. “He has been huge for Australia. He has been one of those guys who is in form. He is difficult to bowl at,” he stated.