Australia's former captain, Ricky Ponting has heaps of praises for the modern day master of the game – Virat Kohli. Kohli has been in a prolific form and is unarguably the best batsman in world cricket at the moment.
Speaking about Virat Kohli, Ponting said, “Is he the best batsman in the world? Yeah, he probably is. I thought he was six or seven months ago and he’s probably taken it to another level since then. He’ll continue to improve, especially now that he’s the captain as well and his team’s winning."
He further added, “Is it too premature to call him the best ever? You can probably say that right now as far as his One-day cricket is concerned. His One-day record is outstanding and probably better than anybody that’s ever played the game given how many hundreds (27) he’s made, but let’s give him a few years yet in the Test series side of things."
Ponting reckons that it can't be a fair comparison between Kohli and other former greats of the game. He said, “It’s too early yet to be talking about him being one of the greats. I think the great players we always talk about, the Tendulkars, the Laras, the Kallis, those guys played 120, 130-200 Test matches. Virat’s not even halfway along that path."
The former skipper also praises the longevity of Sachin Tendulkar's career, he said, “Oh, absolutely. The great thing about Sachin was his longevity in the game. To think about someone playing 200 Test matches is quite remarkable and still, maintain the standards over such a long period of time."
The current Australian team is scheduled to play four-match test series against India in a couple of weeks time. Commenting on that, Ponting's former teammate, Mike Hussey had conceded that the Australians shouldn't be looking to fire up Kohli on the tour. While Ponting disagrees to that, he said, “The one thing about Virat Kohli is whenever there’s any confrontation, he does get a little bit outside of his comfort zone. You can see that he gets ultra-aggressive, which may be a good thing for him or maybe good for the opposition."