Javed Miandad appreciates Virat Kohli, says he is a genius


New Delhi: Former Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad praised Indian skipper Virat Kohli, calling him a genius and best batsman in the world.

On Wednesday, Virat scored his 34th ODI century, an unbeaten 160 – to set up India’s 124-run win over South Africa in Cape Town, which has left the No 1 ranked ODI team up 3-0 in the six-match series.

“What I really admire about Indian batsmen and the reason why they are so successful, is the fact that their batting technique is correct,” said Miandad in an interview to an online portal.

“In Virat Kohli’s case his batting method is what allows him to score runs not just once but almost every time he comes in to bat,” added Javed.

“If a batsman’s technique is bad, he can put some runs on the board once in a while, but he will not be able to do that consistently which is exactly true in Kohli’s case,” he further said.

India have won three matches in the six ODI series against South Africa and Virat has scored two centuries in them.

“To me the mark of a great batsman, like Kohli is the fact that he can vary his technique by quickly understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the bowlers. Kohli is a genius who is the best batsman in the world,” said Miandad.

Javed also spoke about the recent Under19-World Cup, won by the Indian team led by Prithvi Shaw and coached by Rahul Dravid.

“The loss to India in the ICC Under 19 World Cup was by a big margin of 203 runs which is hard to take but if truth be told, our team was lucky to have progressed that far given the inexperience of our players,” he said.

“Of course, victory and defeat are part of any sport, but we need to accept that there was a huge difference in terms of skills between both teams. Also, we should not be too hard on our boys as we saw how recently in South Africa, the Indian senior team which has some very big names failed miserably in 2 of 3 Tests, so such things can happen, and we cannot be too harsh on the Pakistan Under 19 team,” he added.

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