Virat Kohli is trend-setter of his generation: VVS Laxman at Agenda Aaj Tak

first_imgLegendary Test batsman VVS Laxman has heaped praises on Virat Kohli who struck his sixth double century in the longest format during the third and final match of the series against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on Sunday.Kohli smashed his second successive double hundred to power India to a commanding position on the second day of the final Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.The skipper’s majestic 225 not out included 23 boundaries, while fellow overnight batsman Rohit Sharma rubbed salt in Sri Lanka’s wounds with a fluent 65 before becoming Lakshan Sandakan’s third victim when lunch was taken.After scores of 104 not out and 213 in his previous two innings, Kohli, 29, becomes the first international captain to score six double centuries, all of which have come over the last 17 months.”You can’t compare two generations. Sachin Tendulkar was the trend-setter of our generation. He used to go out and win matches for India and we thought we will do that and I see that in Virat. He has become the trend-setter of his generation and a role model,” VVS Laxman said at Agenda Aaj Tak.Kohli became the second Indian after Vinod Kambli and joined the likes of Wally Hammond, Don Bradman, Kumar Sangakkara and Michael Clarke to score successive double hundreds.Speaking on Kohli’s achievements on the field, Aaj Tak managed to bring former India captain Sourav Ganguly, Laxman, Aakash Chopra and Harbhajan Singh together at Agenda Aaj Tak where the cricket stars heaped praise on the 29-year-old.advertisement”When we used to go to Australia, there was a gut feeling Laxman and Harbhajan will defeat Australia on their own. Kohli gives me the same feeling,” Ganguly said at Agenda Aaj Tak.”When we played, Indian cricket was different and the thinking was different and we had to take Indian cricket forward, when Dhoni came, he took it forward. Now during Virat’s time he had an established team and he had to take it even further.”The best thing about Indian cricket is that we have had different role-models in different eras. It has been a step by step growth and we have created champions in different generations. Kohli is the role model now.””If Virat wins the World Cup in 2019, he will roam around Oxford Street with his shirt off. Mark my words,” joked Ganguly.Kohli had on Saturday surpassed Tendulkar (107) to become the second fastest Indian batsman to score 20 hundreds in Test cricket.Talking about the comparisons between Kohli and Tendulkar, Gnaguly said the current skipper can come close to the Little Master’s records but only time will tell if he can break any of them.”Don’t know if Virat can break Sachin’s records…I don’t compare two generations. But he has scored 52 and if he plays at this rate…he can reach Sachin’s record,” Ganguly said.last_img

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