The Indian captain Virat Kohli, who is currently out of action because of his neck injury, has been hailed by none other than one of the greatest batsman of all time by Viv Richards. Due to his neck injury, Kohli had to miss his maiden County stint ahead of England tour.
Meanwhile, the former West Indies captain termed Kohli an exciting player and said that the Indian captain reminds him of 1983 World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev.
However, Richards also stated the fact that during his era, Indian Team was quite fragile. Speaking to News18, Richards said, “What I know for sure is that he (Kohli) is an exciting player, and I remember in the past, the Indian team used to be very fragile in terms of when the sledging factor came into play, there was some fragileness attached to Indian teams.”
Richards then further spoke about the improvement of Indian team and cricketers by drawing a comparison of Kohli with legendary Kapil by saying, “I think one guy, I’ve always felt that an individual that had an enormous amount of respect and still do, that’s Kapil Dev. Because I think, Kapil created that avenue for India and the guys who were competing for India, you must be competitive. And now we see Virat Kohli and something like that. It is good because of what they encountered earlier.”
“Australians in your face rather than to get you out in a proper manner would want to sledge you out. The Indian players have become quite resilient. They do not back down quite easily these days. And that’s the way it should be. I think it’s because some of the stuff they enjoyed in the past and Virat Kohli saying I am not having any more of that,” added Richards.