Updated: June 16, 2020 7:15:46 pm
Virat Kohli neither has Chris Gayle’s “strength”, nor A B de Villiers’ “ability” however has nonetheless managed to eke out a profitable T20 profession on the again of his supreme fitness ranges, feels former India opener Gautam Gambhir.
Kohli, who has been profitable in Tests and ODIs, has additionally made a mark in T20s, scoring 2,794 runs from 82 video games with a median of 50.8.
“He (Kohli) was always a very smart cricketer, but then he turned his entire T20 career into a very successful one, just by being supremely fit,” Gambhir mentioned on Star Sports.
“Probably as a result of he doesn’t have the strength of Chris Gayle, he doesn’t have the power of AB de Villiers, he in all probability doesn’t have the power of Jacques Kallis or Brian Lara,” he noticed.
The southpaw was requested what makes the India captain so efficient within the shortest format of the sport.
“The largest strength he’s obtained is now his fitness and he’s turned that into his recreation as nicely, that’s why he has grow to be so profitable, so you bought to provide it to the man.
“The most important thing is that he runs really well between the wickets, not many people do it,” added Gambhir, who was a part of each 2007 and 2011 World Cup-winning Indian groups.
Kohli has additionally been profitable within the Indian Premier League, having scored 5,412 runs from 177 video games.
“There are very few cricketers in world cricket at this time who can rotate of every ball and that is what Virat Kohli does really well and that’s why he’s different from the rest,” mentioned Gambhir.
According to Gambhir, Kohli is extra constant than his teammate and star batsman Rohit Sharma, on the subject of rotating the strike.
“You see Rohit Sharma, probably Rohit Sharma doesn’t have that quality which Virat Kohli has to rotate the strike,” he mentioned.
Rohit Sharma has the power to hit these huge pictures, however that’s the place Virat Kohli is extra constant than Rohit Sharma,” added the previous Delhi batsman.
“Chris Gayle or AB de Villiers don’t have that ability to rotate the strike, especially against spin bowling, but Virat Kohli has that, that’s why he averages 50,” Gambhir signed off.
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