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Former West Indies captain Alvin Kallicharran has admitted that India skipper Virat Kohli’s attitude and approach to the game reminds him of the legendary Sir Vivian Richards.
In the ongoing ODI series against South Africa, Kohli has made scores of 112, 46 not out, 160 not out and 75. As a result, his batting average stands at an incredible 196.50.
“The attitude is strong in both,” Kallicharran told the Times of India. “I am one person who wouldn’t like to compare players. But Kohli’s attitude is as ruthless as Viv’s was. Kohli seems to have some of those qualities. He is a successful captain. As a batsman, he is a phenomenon. Always hungry. His consistency is tremendous.”
The 68-year-old added that he is a big fan of Kohli’s captaincy and also conceded that he sees similarities between the 29-year-old and ex-India all-rounder Kapil Dev.
“He (Kohli) looks like a very determined chap,” Kallicharran said. “Determination means you can make your own decisions. I don’t think India would ever have a captain like that. Except perhaps Kapil Dev. Kapil used to take decisions on his own and he was an exciting cricketer. He used to make some decisions nobody thought could happen in cricket.
“Kohli now has brought a new brand of captaincy. (He’s) somebody who says ‘I will play with five batsmen or five bowlers’ and sticks to that. Virat Kohli is not an orthodox.”
Meanwhile, Kallicharran pointed out that while the West Indies have struggled as of late, he is confident they will bounce back and become one of the most feared teams in international cricket again.
“We know that the world likes to see West Indians play cricket,” he said. “We have our own brand of cricket. Back home, everyone wants to see them hit the peaks our cricketers scaled before. The winning streak has to come back. We have a dream that we will come back.”