Though he is a hero in the eyes of millions of Indian cricket fans. However, according to former Pakistani cricketer and legend, Mohammad Yousuf, Kohli does not match the likes of legends who have ruled before him.
The former cricketer player from 1998-2010, he represented Pakistan in 90 Test matches and 288 One-Day Internationals.
Throughout this period, the secured 39 centuries and 47 half-centuries. However, while talking about Kohli on Geo Super, he said;
“I like to watch him play but I don’t think he is in the same league of Tendulkar, Dravid or Laxman,”
He then added that the quality of the game is not what it used to be back in his days, and even before that. Players nowadays are not really able to meet the standards the legends left behind for them to compete and leave behind.
“The quality of cricket nowadays does not match the quality we had in the past.”
He continued while giving examples. He mentioned that if you look at Australian cricket team, you will see that they have no bowlers who match the likes of Glenn McGrath and even the legend Shane Warne.
On the other hand, India had players like Anil Kumble, Srinath and some very good bowlers. South Africa and West Indies also had strong bowling attacks while Sri Lanka relied heavily on Muralitharan, Yousuf recalled.
“In the era, I played you encountered different pitches in Australia, England, West Indies, South Africa. Nowadays more or less they are same everywhere,”
Yousuf highlighted that Tendulkar and Dravid are greats because they scored runs against quality bowlers and teams, which made them a part of the best batsmen and bowlers to play on the field.
“To get runs against the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar or Saqlain Mushtaq was no joke. I always thought Tendulkar and Dravid were perfectionists and spent so much time on improving their game. I learnt from them.”
In the end, he said;
“I am not saying Virat is not a class act. He is, but times have changed now.”
“Even the Indian teams and players of the past were aggressive. Sourav Ganguly is an example. When we played them our players were also pumped up but at the end of the day we always appreciated a good performance even from the opposition because the quality of cricket was high.”
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