Hyderabad: VVS Laxman, who has been a big admirer of players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid or Virender Sehwag, thinks Virat Kohli is phenomenal.
The former Test star was all praise for Kohli during his discussion in Star Sports Show Cricket Connected. Laxman and Gautam Gambhir were talking after Kohli became the first batsman to score 20,000 internationals runs in a decade.
On Wednesday, Kohli also became the fastest to 12,000 in one-day international beating Sachin Tendulkar’s record. Laxman said he admired the kind of the Indian captain’s intensity he puts in his game.
“Phenomenal. I think, the way he has played in each and every series, the kind of intensity he has maintained each and every day, when he’s on the cricket field is unbelievable,’’ he said.
The Hyderabad cricketer said he did fear the burn out factor that could trouble Kohli. “That will be the biggest challenge for Virat Kohli, at some stages he will burn out, but not even once we have seen that energy drop down when Virat is on the cricket field, whether he is batting or he is fielding.”
Laxman said Kohli enjoys while batting under pressure. “If you see his one day record how many hundreds did he get while chasing and then you know that you’ve got a target to achieve, there’s always a scoreboard pressure on him, but he relishes pressure, he relishes responsibility and that’s what gets the best out of him.”
Gambhir, the former Indian opener, admired the way Kohli has adapted to the three formats of the game. “Hats off to him. He’s scored more than 20,000 runs, centuries all that.”
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