Virat Kohli is extremely good but not great, says Michael Holding

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Virat Kohli was recently awarded the ICC Player of the Year and the ODI player of the Year trophies for his tremendous achievement in the period between 21st September 2016 to 21st September 2017. In the same period, the Indian captain scored 2203 Test runs at an average of 77.80, with eight centuries; 1818 ODI runs at 82.63, inclusive of seven hundreds.

Virat Kohli not ‘great’, unless he scores in England

Arguably one of the best batsman in the world currently, Virat still has some challenges to overcome before the world recognises him as a cricketing great. According to the West Indies cricketing legend, Michael Holding, Kohli is an excellent batsman, but for him to enter the category of cricketing greats, the Indian skipper will have to score runs in England.

Kohli has played just one series in England till now where he failed miserably. He averaged just 13.4 in 10 innings but will get another chance when team India goes on tour to England later in the year.

Michael Holding believes that Virat Kohli is amongst the top 3 batsmen in the world, along with Steven Smith and Joe Root. But to become the best, batsmen have had to score runs everywhere around the world.

“Virat Kohli is a fantastic batsman. I was asked to name three top cricketers and I included Kohli in that list. He is a very very good player. When I see him score runs in England, I would call him a great player. I like people who score runs everywhere. He is an extremely good player,” Holding said while speaking to Mumbai Mirror.

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Virat Kohli’s emotions hamper his captaincy

While Holding is certain of Virat Kohli’s ability with the bat, he is still sceptical about the 29-year-old’s captaincy. Holding believes that Virat Kohli is much emotional regarding cricket, and that sometimes hampers the skipper’s ability to take sound decisions. Michael Holding said,

“But as a captain, he (Virat) has some work to do. I don’t want to condemn him too much because I like to have my own way as a captain. I like to be given the team I want all the time. But it is still not the right way to go. There got to be discussions with the wiser heads from time to time, come to conclusions and flesh out different arguments. I get an impression that he is getting what he wants.”

“He is very emotional about his cricket. He means everything he wants to do. In time he will learn. Because he has been so successful since he took over, it is hard for him to change. He has to see other viewpoints and arrive at consensus,” Michael Holding added further.

Kohli has been fantastic for the country in all three formats and became only the 4th Indian player to win the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy following greats like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and teammate R Ashwin.

However, after winning 9 back to back bilateral series’, Kohli and his men are going through a rough patch right now after going down 2-0 last week in a 3 match test series against South Africa. The 3rd test between India and South Africa will start on 24th January in Johannesburg.

Who is Michael Holding?

Michael Holding is a former West Indies cricketer, who is regarded as one of the fastest bowlers to ever play Test cricket. Owing to his quiet approach with which he used to approach the bowling crease, the umpires had labelled him, “Whispering Death”.


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