- Glenn McGrath compares Virat Kohli to Brian Lara in the way both batsmen attack the opposition
- McGrath has warned the bowlers of not sledging Kohli as it could lead him to score big runs
In today’s latest Cricket News, Virat Kohli is dominating the headlines all over the world with his first ever century in England which helped Team India to get a favourable stance in the ongoing first test match at Edgbaston. Kohli has received plaudits from all over the world and the latest to join that list is the former Aussie fast bowler Glenn McGrath. The lanky pacer is currently in Chennai where he sat in an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda and drew an uncanny similarity between Virat Kohli and the legendary Brian Lara. McGrath claimed that Kohli’s instincts of getting back against his opponents are just like Lara where Kohli does not shy away from taking a verbal jibe at his opponents and when he is in the zone, sledging Kohli may not be a good idea like McGrath and the Aussies often found with Lara.
McGrath compares Kohli to Lara
In latest cricket news, McGrath recalled on some of the massive centuries scored by Lara and said that it was never a wise idea to sledge Lara when he was batting well as invariably it ended with him scoring big hundreds which often meant a double century. McGrath claimed that England bowlers learned the same fate like the Aussie bowlers when Kohli scored big runs in the 2014 Australia-India test series down under.
McGrath said: “It just depends on how they are going. Brian Lara was very similar. When he was focussed and in the zone and if you said anything to him, that was it…you could lock in, he would score a double hundred. It was just his day. You knew that was going to happen,”
“So Virat’s probably little bit similar (to Lara). If he is on form and focussed and scoring runs, I think he loves that banter, that challenge and that aggression there and it gets him going.
“But when you are off your game and you are not performing well and you are down on confidence, it can work against you. So little of bit chat here and there….But if you throw a willy-nilly it could work against you (as bowlers). It’s all part of the game, you have to enjoy it and have a bit of fun. Play hard, tough but fair cricket out there.”
Virat Kohli is batting at a whole different level
YES, Kohli was dropped early in his innings but the way in which he picked up from there and dissected the English bowling lineup was a thing of beauty. Virat Kohli had an appalling time in the last tour of England where he managed just 134 runs from his 10 innings but seeing him bat in the matter he did in the first test match perhaps there is no more debate about who actually is the best batsman in the world right now. Kohli’s innings of 149 will indeed go down as one of the best centuries he has scored till date.
Watch – Highlights of Virat Kohli’s innings of 149 vs England