Former Australia batsman Greg Chappell has called India skipper Virat Kohli ‘the outstanding batsman of his era’ following his exploits in the ongoing England vs India series.
Kohli has further enhanced his reputation as the best in the world with a sensational performance in the ongoing series. England was one of the few places where Kohli had not left his mark. On his last tour of England, Kohli had endured a terrible time in front of swinging deliveries. The right-hander had scored 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20 in the five Tests and finished the series with an average of 13.40.
But he turned his fortunes around remarkably since then. He scored heavily in Australia, South Africa and is now doing the same in England.
In a series where almost all the batsmen have looked clueless, Kohli has looked class apart. He started the series with two sublime knocks at Edgbaston that helped him rise to the top spot in ICC rankings. Kohli had scored 149 and 51 in the game. It was followed by two cheap knocks at Lord’s that saw him lose his top spot.
But Kohli bounced back in style at Trent Bridge, slamming 97 and 103. The knocks helped India thrash England by 203 runs. It also helped him regain the top-spot in the rankings.
His recent exploits have convinced many that Kohli is the greatest batsman of this era and Chappell also agrees to it. The former India coach also praised Kohli’s aggressive captaincy.
“Kohli is proving to be the outstanding batsman of his era,” Chappell told Mumbai Mirror. “Kohli’s aggressive captaincy deserves acknowledging.”
Talking about the game, Chappell said the partnership between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in the first innings at Trent Bridge was decisive before praising the Indian bowling contingent.
“His partnership Rahane in the first innings was the decisive period of play during the Trent Bridge Test match,” he said.
“I thought the Indian bowlers were much more consistent and exploited English conditions skilfully,” he added.