Virat Kohli Has Strong Basics, Is A Complete Batsman, Says VVS Laxman

Virat Kohli has scored 12 centuries in 46 Tests so far.

Mumbai: Former cricketer VVS Laxman on Thursday heaped praise on current Test skipper Virat Kohli, saying the Delhi batsman possesses strong basics and is a complete batsman across all formats of the game.

“The reason I mentioned a lot of Virat (Kohli) is because he knows his strengths and backs them. He is a conventional cricketer and has got strong basis,” said Laxman

“If you have to perform consistently in all the three formats, you should have strong basics, which Virat has,” said the Hyderabadi whose magnificent 281 against Australia in the second Test of the 2001 series at Kolkata led India to a brilliant series-levelling victory after they followed on.

“I feel Virat has a long way to go in Test match cricket and he will break all records. His average will be close to where his average currently is in ODIs and T20s. Virat is a complete batsman in this generation,” he said.

Laxman feels that Kohli has had a huge influence on the way KL Rahul‘s recent performances in the shortest format of the game.

“KL Rahul has transformed himself into a good T20 player and I believe that Virat has a huge influence on the transformation of Rahul. Rahul knows how to get runs in all three formats by playing in his normal, conventional, classical style,” said Laxman.

He also praised on off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who became the fastest Indian to scalp 200 Test wickets and the second-fastest in the world when he achieved the feat in the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur in his 37th game.

Asked where he would rate Ashwin among all spinners, Laxman said, “One of the best, without a doubt. For me any great bowler or a great batsman or great cricketer is when you win matches for your team and Ashwin has just done that in the last four years.

“He has won a lot of matches (for India), some of them single-handedly. You have to always look to evolve, never stagnate as a player and always look to improve. That is another aspect of being a great player and that is what Ashwin has done from the first Test he has played. He is a thinking cricketer and a match-winner for me and I always respect match-winners,” he added. 

When asked about his views about cricket under lights with pink ball, Laxman said, “It’s a work in progress, especially in India where dew is a big factor. Also the ball they used in the Duleep Trophy was a different one to what they used in the New Zealand-Australia Test match in Adelaide.

“It is more about not losing the hardness and the shine because in India the wickets will not have that much of grass cover, even though the grounds are lush green and well-maintained.

“A lot of effort and time will go in making sure that the ball is right because any match should not be dictated by ball. They are trying to make sure that the seam is thicker compared to the match played in Adelaide,” he concluded.

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