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“I feel Kohli seems to [have] stepped into the shoes Sachin left behind”
Legendary South Africa pace bowler Allan Donald has announced that he believes India vice-captain Virat Kohli has the potential to become the next Sachin Tendulkar.
Donald’s comments come after Kohli equalled Sir Vivian Richards’ record of becoming the fastest cricketer to score 5,000 ODI runs.
“Look how well Virat Kohli is playing,” Donald said. “I feel Kohli seems to [have] stepped into the shoes Sachin left behind. I know it is impossible to replace a legend like him but Kohli has been amazing. His recent records speak about his talent.”
Donald also issued a warning to the South African team, stating that they will be in for one of the toughest battles of the year as India are no longer intimidated by their pace and bounce.
“The best thing I like about India now is that they have hardened up,” he said. “They are no more that team that used to come to South Africa and were left intimidated by our pitches — the bounce and the pace. The difference is in their approach. They have a killer instinct going and a lot of young blood has changed perceptions.”
The 47-year-old pointed out that India pace bowler Mohammed Shami will play a crucial role throughout the upcoming series as he has mastered the art of reverse swing.
“I am really impressed with Mohammad Shami,” Donald said. “He looks like a tough guy. He executes the swing pretty good.”
Donald added that Bhuvneshwar Kumar would also pose a serious threat as he can generate some incredible swing.
“He can reverse the ball both ways and they can be handy,” Donald said. “If he generates some bounce, he will do good in South Africa.”