In the cricketing world, few players can achieve greatness and leave an indelible mark on the sport. One such player is the former Indian captain, Virat Kohli, who is on the cusp of creating history in his 500th international match. As he stands just 13 runs away from becoming the first cricketer to score a century in his 500th international game, cricket enthusiasts and legends alike are praising his exceptional skills and comparing him to some of the all-time greats.
One such legend who has heaped praise on Kohli is the West Indies' bowling icon, Courtney Walsh. The former fast bowler drew comparisons between Kohli and two other cricketing stalwarts, Javed Miandad of Pakistan and England's Graham Gooch. According to Walsh, Kohli's determination and the value he places on his wicket are reminiscent of these iconic players. He places Kohli among the top-5 greatest cricketers of all time, but in his view, Kohli falls just behind the revered Sachin Tendulkar among the Indian greats.
Walsh's admiration for Kohli is evident as he reminisces about their conversations from the time when Walsh was a selector for West Indies and Kohli was the captain of the Indian team. Even then, Walsh recognized Kohli's passion for the game and his burning desire to be the best. This drive has led Kohli to amass staggering numbers in all formats of the game, with over 9500 runs in Tests, 12898 runs in ODIs, and 4008 runs in T20Is.
Kohli's recent performance on the tour has been exceptional, with an unbeaten 87 in the second Test match against West Indies in Port of Spain, Trinidad. This follows his brilliant innings of 76 in the previous match in Dominica, which resulted in India's innings victory. These performances have further solidified his position as one of the cricketing greats.
That's Stumps on Day 1 of the 2⃣nd #WIvIND Test!— BCCI (@BCCI) July 20, 2023
Solid show with the bat from #TeamIndia 👍👍
8️⃣7️⃣* for @imVkohli
8️⃣0️⃣ for Captain @ImRo45
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3️⃣6️⃣* for @imjadeja
We will see you tomorrow for Day 2️⃣ action!
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As cricket fans eagerly await Kohli's inevitable century in his 500th international match, it is evident that he has already etched his name in cricketing history. With his passion, drive, and immense talent, he continues to inspire generations of cricketers and leave a lasting impact on the game.
Virat Kohli's journey from a young and ambitious cricketer to a global icon is nothing short of extraordinary. His consistency and determination have earned him accolades from cricketing legends like Courtney Walsh, who places him among the greatest of all time. As Kohli stands at the doorstep of a record-breaking century, his contributions to the sport are unquestionably remarkable and will be remembered for generations to come.