Former Pakistan coach and batting stalwart, Javed Miandad, is now the recent addition to the list of greats who have stated their adulation for India’s ton-machine post his match-winning knock of 160 at Newlands, Cape Town.
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Former cricketers such as Michael Clarke, Sachin Tendulkar, Michael Vaughan and many others already hailed Kohli as the best in the world before.
Miandad went one step ahead of the lot and termed India’s run machine as a ‘genius’ and ‘the best in the world’. The former coach of the Pakistan Cricket team cited out Kohli’s batting method and technique which helps him score his runs at such an incredible frequency.
“In Virat Kohli’s case his batting method is what allows him to score runs not just once but almost every time he comes in to bat. If a batsman’s technique is bad, he can put some runs on the board once in a while, but he will not be able to do that consistently which is exactly true in Kohli’s case,” affirmed Javed Miandad according to TOI.
Virat, through his hallmark style of play, scored only 60 runs out of the 160 through boundaries, while the other hundred runs were compiled through hard running between the wickets and rotation of strike by finding the gaps while playing the aerial game until after only the last ten overs.
“To me, the mark of a great batsman, like Kohli is the fact that he can vary his technique by quickly understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the bowlers. Kohli is a genius who is the best batsman in the world,” added Miandad.
Later on, Miandad had a word or two about Pakistan’s recent defeat in the U19 Cricket world cup where they lost to the Indian colts by a margin of 203. Miandad feels the time has now come for Pakistan to reflect into their system such that budding cricketers play to their potential.
“India is a huge country with a bigger population than Pakistan, yet our players are able to challenge India in cricket which tells me that we have the potential, but we simply do not have the system that can support and get the best out of that potential,” Miandad stated on the recent Pakistani defeat.
Miandad concluded by claiming a good team doesn’t necessarily need great names such, as Rahul Dravid handling mentorship.
“Having a coach like Rahul Dravid sounds very exciting, but I have never been a great supporter of big name coaches at such a level. At this level, it more about guidance than someone teaching you the basics of the game as that should have been done at the earlier stages of a player’s development,” ended Javed Miandad.