Kohli dominates this generation: Zaheer Abbas

With each passing day, Virat Kohli continues to add to his list of admirers. Having garnered praise from the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Steve Waugh and many more, the latest to individual to stand in awe of the Indian captain and his batting is Zaheer Abbas, one of considered by many world cricket’s most stylish batsman.

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Zaheer, who was among the first few cricketers to wear spectacles while playing, in conversation with the Times of India, termed Kohli a “legend of the game”, a sentiment that was echoed by MS Dhoni not too long ago.

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“For me, a legend is one who dominates his own generation and Kohli is doing that with a degree of ease. That makes him already a legend,” Zaheer said. “Kohli plays with a lot of authority on both sides of the wicket, giving you the impression that he is a class player. His feet movement is extremely assured and there is an element of fearlessness in his game which I really admire.

Impressed by Kohli’s recent knocks of 149 and 51 during the Edgbaston Test, Zaheer believes that the Indian captain falls in the league of some of the world’s best batsmen across all generations and expects him to continue his fine form in the remainder of the series.

“I have seen a lot of great Indian players and he is right up there. I don’t like comparing generations, because each era has its own demands, but Kohli is as good as anybody else,” Zaheer reckoned. “He showed that he can be good in English conditions and I am expecting good things from him.”

Comparing India’s underwhelming performance in England to that of Pakistan, Zaheer mentioned how the presence of a quality fast bowling attack over the years has aided Pakistan, giving them edge over their arch-rivals. England toured Pakistan in April with the two-Test series ending in a 1-1 draw.

“You know it’s always about Pakistan’s bowling. They have always had a great attack and even now, it is quite potent. India, on the other hand, always used to be about their batting and it continues to be so. That’s one of the reasons why so many India-Pakistan games used to end in draws, because your batting line-up and our bowling line-up used to cancel each other out,” Zaheer pointed out.

India and England were to begin participating in the second Test at Lord’s on Thursday, but persistent rain washed out the entire passage of play on the opening day.