Former Indian cricketer and current head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), VVS Laxman, has shared a ‘very very special’ message for the batting maestro Virat Kohli ahead of his 100th match in Test cricket.
Virat Kohli will be playing his 100th Test match in the first Test match of the two-match Test series against the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team, which is all set to begin at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh, from Friday, March 4.
In a video shared by the BCCI, VVS Laxman lavished praise on the former Indian skipper and said:
“To represent India at the highest level is a matter of great pride for any cricketer, but to do that for 100 Test matches is indeed an incredible achievement.
“Congratulations Virat, on this very, very special achievement and I’m sure you’ll be mighty pleased and proud at the way you played this game.”
Laxman added that Test cricket is the ultimate format and Kohli has achieved a lot of success in the purest format of the game. Former Indian cricketers also said that Kohli has inspired cricketers all over the world.
“I still remember your Test debut in 2011 in West Indies and what stood out for me was your zeal, your mindset to always learn and improve. Probably for me, that’s the reason why you have achieved so much success and greatness in all three formats, but we as cricketers know that Test match cricket is the ultimate format.”
“It tests you, it tests a cricketer in every possible way. And it’s great to see that you have not only fulfilled your expectations but you have fulfilled the expectations of billions of Indians,” he elaborated.
“The intensity, the pride, the passion with which you play your game has been infectious. You’ve inspired not only Indian cricketers, but cricketers the world over,” Laxman added.
A Very Very Special message from @VVSLaxman281 to a Very Very Special cricketer! 👍 👍
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 3, 2022
What I really admire about your journey so far as a Test cricketer is as a leader, you have given importance to Test cricket – VVS Laxman
Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman said that he admires Kohli’s journey as a Test skipper because he has given importance to Test cricket in the era of T20 cricket.
“What I really admire about your journey so far as a Test cricketer is as a leader, you have given importance to Test match cricket. Because we know that it’s going to be a challenging time to safeguard and protect Test match cricket,” Laxman said.
“Younger generation of cricketers want to play T20 cricket. But when role models and leaders like yourself give and show importance to Test match cricket, it almost passes a message to the grassroots level and the younger generation of cricketers that you have to dream one day to play for India and represent India in the longer format of the game.”
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