India skipper Virat Kohli’s stunning batting exploits have helped him win one more famous fan – former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara.
Virat Kohli is showing absolutely no signs of stopping. Earlier this year, he became the first man to win all three ICC awards. Kohli was named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year. In 2018, Kohli was named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year. In doing so, he became only the third man to win the ICC Cricketer of the Year twice and the second to win it in consecutive years.
Kohli had a sensational 2018 scoring 11 international hundreds – 6 in ODIs and 5 in Tests. In 2018, Kohli scored 1202 runs in 14 ODIs. In 13 Tests, Kohli scored 1322 runs including 593 in the five-Test series against England. Besides, Virat Kohli was also named captain of the ICC’s Test and ODI Teams of the Year. The 30-year old has already scored more than 10,000 runs in ODIs and is the second leading centurion in ODIs with 39 tons to his name.
Sangakkara lavished praise on Kohli and said that the India star is way ahead of his contemporaries.
“Everything about Virat’s game stands out. I think he is head and shoulders above anyone else in world cricket today. And I think going forward, he will be one of the greatest ever cricketers, if not the greatest ever,” Kumar Sangakkara told India Today.
“He has this incredible knack of scoring runs and has a very very solid method that he believes in and is very repeatable and if you see the tempo which he bats with, it hardly changes. He does read the situation very well. He is a very passionate guy, you see that in his expressions on the field so I think it’s not just one aspect, it’s the overall aspect of both the person and how he has sorted his batting and his attitude,” Sangakkara added.