The former skipper of England, Mike Brearley who is known for his high stature and great reverence has lavished praise on Indian skipper, Virat Kohli. The former skipper feels the English skipper. Joe Root is not as good as Virat Kohli. During the England vs India 2018 Test opener, Kohli delivered a big punch while spectacularly answering his critics.

Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Mike Brearley
Joe Root needs to learn from Virat Kohli, says Mike Brearley. Credits: Getty Images

Brearly calls English batting mainstay Root a “thoughtful bloke” who needs to work on his conversion rate. He thinks that Root needs to learn this very thing from his counterpart, Kohli.

While speaking to the Today, the former English skipper said,

“Root has a poorer conversion rate in comparison to Kohli. But I think Root is a fine batsman too, and I like seeing him do well. He is different – a brilliant batsman and quite intelligent. He is not quite as good as Kohli but is still a thoughtful bloke.”

Brearley thinks that in the contemporary cricket there is no better cannon than Kohli. He believes the Indian skipper is the best batsman right now.

The former skipper Brearley feels it is because of Kohli’s “ruthless streak” that is helping him to garner more success.

Virat Kohli, England vs India 2018, Mike Brearley
Virat Kohli became No. 1 Test batsman after the rock-solid performance at Edgbaston to surpass Steven Smith. Credits: Getty Images

The Indian skipper got 31 points in the Edgbaston Test, and he now tops ICC Test rankings. He leapfrogs Steven Smith, who is now standing at number two spot. In the first Test, India skipper scored 149 in the first innings and 51 in the second innings respectively.

England Vs India 2018: Mike Brearley speaks highly of Virat Kohli, urges Joe Root to learn certain things –

Brearley talked about the pain of loss which Kohli will be having even after amassing 200 runs in a single Test match. However, he said it would act as a learning experience for him.

“I think Kohli is best in the world and anyone who averages 50-plus in all three formats must be a very, very fine player. He can play in every mode and so can Joe Root. But there is something ruthless about Kohli, and he converts all those fifties into hundreds.” Brearley told today.