Hailing him as a great player of the modern era while refraining to compare Virat Kohli with Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, former Indian cricketer and coach of the Indian team, Anil Kumble heaped immense praise on the Indian skipper saying that his consistency with his batting is only because of his ability to put away mental distractions.
Kumble’s comments come days after Kohli notched up his 25th Test century on the ‘average’ rated Perth pitch in the second Test, en route to his patient score of 123 runs off 257 deliveries. Despite the remarkable innings, Team India failed to charge down the total of 287 runs against Australia as the hosts pulled off the equaliser in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series.
He had failed to get going in the opener at the Adelaide Oval although he did manage to stitch an important partnership alongside Cheteshwar Pujara with his gritty 34 in the second innings. Kumble pointed out that the 30-year-old has matured as a player and manage to do “all the right things on the pitch” even amid the constant distractions on and off the field.