The Team India skipper Virat Kohli is enjoying his phenomenal success on the tour of England. Apart from being the top scorer of the ongoing Test series so far, he managed to tumble many record charts. The former stumper of India, Farokh Engineer, thinks that Kohli has a potential to evolve as the best batsman produced by the country.
“I see him (Kohli) going all the way. I see him (as) one of the greatest batsmen India has produced. In every generation, there is someone. There was a (Sachin) Tendulkar or a (Sunil) Gavaskar. And this is Kohli’s era. And he (Kohli) has all the penitential to be the greatest. He has got the potential to be greater than Sachin and Sunil,” Engineer told reporters on Wednesday
“But let us not call him now, let him get to that milestone, break those records and then we will call him that,” added the former flamboyant stumper-batsman.
The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli made a great entry in the pivotal Test series he scored his maiden ton on English soil in Edgbaston Test. He amassed 200 runs in two innings at Edgbaston.
In the Trent Bridge Test, Kohli struck another ton. He missed his second on tour by just three shorts in the first innings when he failed to read googly from Adil Rashid on 97.
However, in the second innings, he coped up with the pressure and scored a fantastic ton. With his superb performance, Kohli helped his team to reduce the deficit from 2-0 to 2-1.
“Look at Virat Kohli. He had a miserable tour of England last time he played there (in 2014). And his confidence was really low. But Virat is such a fighter and he said to himself – I am the finest batsman in the world and let me prove it. Not only on Indian or Caribbean wickets, I am going to get runs in England too,” said Engineer.
“And my word, he has batted so well. And he set a great standard for the team, (saying) ‘if I can do it, you all can do it,” added the Mumbai-based former cricketer.
Farokh Engineer on Kohli-Anderson battle:
When it comes to battle within the battle, Kohli managed to bury the ghosts of 2014 tour. On the previous trip, his performance was dismal and produced a sorry a sorry state of affairs.
However, in the ongoing series, Kohli managed to bash James Anderson, who is the top-notch of English bowling. After scoring freely, it is safe to say that he won the battle against him as well.
“It has impressed me immensely, because the way Virat has converted those unplayable balls into playable ones. The way our boys played at Trent Bridge (in the third Test), I am proud of them and Virat Kohli set a wonderful example there,” he said.
The penultimate Test will kick off on Thursday (August 30).