Virat Kohli turns 31 today, at this age, he has almost all batting records in his bag, especially in limited-overs cricket. Not only Kohli has set new batting records but he also has changed the way cricketers work upon their fitness.
Virat Kohli is the fastest to reach many LOI records and many legends of the game have regarded him as the greatest batsman of all time of limited-overs cricket. He averages above 50 in each format – no other player in the history of cricket able to achieve this feat.
Here are some of the quotes on him by former players.
“I love watching Virat Kohli bat. He looks to me like an individual of my own heart. I love his aggression and serious passion that I used to have. He reminds me of myself.” – Viv Richards
“As of now, Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman of the World.” – Saurav Ganguly
“You cannot go beyond Kohli in a run chase. I would bet my life on Kohli.” – Nasser Hussain
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“Cricket has had eras. In the eighties, it was Viv Richards, and then you had Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar who stood out. Virat Kohli is one of the most complete players I’ve seen. He’s so versatile; he plays on both feet, and on all sides of the field” – Imran Khan
He is a consummate surgeon at the crease, intensely focussed, working hard, playing the ball into gaps in the field and staying calm under pressure. He is always judging the right time to consolidate and the right time to seize a game by the scruff of the neck.” – AB de Villiers
“I think Virat has a GPS fitted in his mind. He can pick the gaps so easily.” – Harsha Bhogle
“Dear Virat Kohli, Can you please stop making batting look so easy, it’s embarrassing for most other batters in the world. Thanks” – Aaron Finch
Dear Virat Kohli,
Can you please stop making batting look so easy, it’s embarrassing for most other batters in the world.
— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) May 19, 2016
“To became a good player, you need talent. To become a great player you need an attitude like Kohli.” – Sunil Gavaskar
“Virat Kohli is the best shorter version batsman that I have ever seen. He’s been an absolute genius.” – Kumar Sangakkara
“Virat’s success does not surprise you. His failures do.” – Sanjay Manjrekar