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Richards believes Kohli will be the next captain of India
West Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards believes he and Virat Kohli are like two peas in a pod after having the opportunity to watch the young Indian batsman perform during the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Richards, who is widely regarded as the most destructive batsman to ever step foot on a cricket pitch, noted that Kohli’s mixture of orthodox and unorthodox strokes, along with his fiery aggression, made him a huge threat to any opposition and reminded him a lot of himself.
“I love watching Virat Kohli bat,” Richards told PTI. “He looks to me like an individual of my own heart. I love his aggression, and [he has] serious passion that I used to have. He reminds me of myself.
“He is an individual who doesn’t back off from confrontation; someone who can stand his ground under pressure. I love that as you can’t teach these instinctive aspects.”
Richards also praised Kohli’s hunger while fielding and believes he is definitely captaincy material, given the way he was able to motivate the Royal Challengers Bangalore and stay positive at all times.
“Just like me, he loves the ball to come to him,” Richards said. “He wants to dive, stop the runs. He is a livewire unlike some fielders, who would just dig a hole and dive in it rather than dive to stop the ball.”
Talking about Indian veteran Sachin Tendulkar, Richards stated that all of India’s hopes will be put on the shoulders of Kohli once the ‘Little Master’ decides to call it quits.
“I believe till Tendulkar is there, you need to give him respect,” Richards said. “Obviously, once Sachin retires, you can bank on Kohli as he is young enough and has a lot of time on his side. He will only improve and continue to get better.”