Former India batsman, Gautam Gambhir has heaped high praises for Virat Kohli after the right-hander achieved two landmarks in the ODI series against Australia.
In the second ODI in Sydney Kohli became the fastest to 22,000 international runs and then in the third ODI in Canberra, the Indian captain became the quickest batsman to 12,000 ODI runs. On both occasions, Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record. He is also the fastest to 8000, 9000, 10000, and 11000 ODI runs.
Hats off to Kohli: Gautam Gambhir
On the chat show, Cricket Connected, Gautam Gambhir highly applauded Virat Kohli’s achievements as a batsman. However, Gambhir is astonished by Kohli’s run chasing acumen.
Kohli is widely regarded as the best chaser in limited-overs cricket. The right-hander averages 68 in run-chases in ODIs. That average increases to a mammoth 96 in victories batting second in ODI cricket. Gambhir opines that it is the best feeling when a batsman completes a run-chase for his team.
Speaking to Star Sports, Gautam Gambhir said, “You can take anything, you can actually do whatever you want, but the best feeling in the world is when you score that last run and come back to your hotel room and you’re so satisfied that you’ve done something for your country, what you were meant to do.”
The former KKR skipper reckons that Kohli has been consistent for a decade and is now reaping the benefits in the form of milestones like he did recently. While Kohli may have been scoring runs, fans are waiting for his 44th ODI century for a long time as the 32-year-old last struck a ton in August 2019.
“So probably, all those combinations have made him what he is, and hats off to him, he’s scored more than 20,000 runs, centuries all that,” Gambhir added.
The Indian team lost the ODI series to Australia by 2-1. The 3 Twenty20 matches commence on 4th December in Canberra. The much-awaited Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will begin on 17th December in Adelaide. Kohli will miss the next three Test matches as he will return home to attend the birth of his first child.