Cook picks Kohli over Sachin in list of 5 all-time greats
Former England captain Alastair Cook has picked Virat Kohli excluding cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in his list of all-time great batsman. Indian skipper Virat Kohli is regarded by many as the successor to Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin is the highest run-getter in both Tests and ODIs until now.
Current skipper Kohli has established himself as one of the greatest batsmen of his generation with consistent performances. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara and Jacques Kallis are also included in Alastair Cook’s list. He included the players, who came close to matching West Indies legend Brian Lara.
Former England captain, in an Instagram Q&A session with the Sunday, recalled Brian Lara’s heroic innings in a tour game. Cook said that he was part of an MCC side that faced the West Indies ahead of their home series against the men from West Indies. The MCC bowling attack was consisting of Simon Jones, Matthew Hoggard and Min Patel, who were regular on England side.
Although, Brian Lara hit them around the park to score a scintillating hundred between the break. Alastair Cook said that Lara’s innings made him realize his genius and said that he was on a different level of genius who is unique than any other.
When he was asked about who came close to matching the genius of Brian Lara, Alastair Cook revealed that former captains Ricky Ponting and Kumar Sangakkara came close. Alastair Cook reasoned for adding Virat Kohli in the list, because of his ability to score freely across all formats.
Alastair Cook decided to exclude Sachin Tendulkar came as a surprise to many considering that the legendary batsman was the first to go past Brian Lara’s record of most runs scored in Test format.