When Chris Gayle demolishes bowling assaults or Rohit Sharma pulls the quick bowler off his entrance deep into the stands or when AB de Villiers nonchalantly scoops and reverse sweeps to gather boundaries simply, they appear terrific. Gayle, Rohit, and de Villiers, in any case, are the trendy-day greats and stalwarts of restricted-overs cricket. But when it comes to constantly scoring within the shortest format of the sport, even they will’t match the extent of Virat Kohli, feels former India opener Gautam Gambhir.
Hailing Kohli as top-of-the-line batsmen in restricted-overs cricket, Gambhir, stated the Indian captain scores over the likes of Gayle, Rohit, and de Villiers due to his ability to rotate the strike of virtually each ball even within the shortest format of the sport.
Speaking at Star Sports present ‘Cricket Connected chat show, Gambhir explained why Kohli is different from India’s restricted-overs vice captain Rohit Sharma. “That’s why he’s (Virat Kohli) different from the rest. You look at Rohit Sharma. He does not have the quality which Virat Kohli has, of rotating the strike. Rohit Sharma has those big shots, but that’s why Virat is more consistent than Rohit,” stated Gambhir.
“Chris Gayle doesn’t have that ability to rotate the strike, AB de Villiers doesn’t have the ability to rotate strike off each delivery against spin-bowling, Virat Kohli has that, and that’s why he averages over 50,” stated Gambhir.
Virat Kohli, the No.10 ranked T20 batsman within the ICC rankings led by Pakistan’s Babar Azam, can also be the one participant who averages over 50 in all codecs of the sport presently.
“People do not give a lot of importance to dot balls. If you play fewer dot balls, you can reduce a lot of pressure. The easiest thing to do in cricket is a six or a four. Because ultimately, you are playing that high-risk shot. If it comes off, everyone loves it. If it doesn’t come off, you’ll probably be back in the pavilion. But there are very few cricketers in world cricket who can rotate the strike off every bowl. That’s what Virat Kohli does really well,” Gambhir stated.