Former West Indian great Alvin Kallicharan compared Indian skipper Virat Kohli with one of the greatest batsman in the history of cricket Sir Vivian Richards saying the sub-continent run machine is ‘as ruthless in approach’ as the Caribbean legend.
Kallicharan said, “The attitude is strong in both. I am one person who wouldn’t like to compare players. But Kohli’s attitude is as ruthless as Viv’s was.”
“Kohli seems to have some of those qualities. He is a successful captain. As a batsman, he is a phenomenon. Always hungry. His consistency is tremendous,” said Kallicharan.
“Kohli now has brought a new brand of captaincy. (He’s) somebody who says ‘I will play with five batsmen or five bowlers’ and sticks to that. Virat Kohli is not an orthodox,” he said.
Besides the exquisiteness of his batting, Sir Vivian Richards is the only West Indian captain who never lost a series as a captain; he led the team in 50 Test matches in the period between 1984 and 1991.
Alvin Kallicharan captained the West Indies side in 1977/78 after Clive Lloyd joined Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket.
Virat Kohli named Test captain of India in 2014; under his captaincy, India became the number one Test team since November 2016.
India is now leading the ongoing ODI series against South Africa 3-0. If the visitors could win the fourth match, it could be the first ever series win in South African soil for India.