Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (AFP Photo)

Virat Kohli has already cemented his genius as one of the greatest batsmen to have played cricket. Few have even gone on to say he might be the greatest ever.

On the occasion of King Kohli’s 30th birthday, we present to you few of the memorable quotes from his contemporaries and legends of the game praising his genius.

=>I’ve never liked comparisons but what he has been able to achieve is fantastic. I am fond of his cover drives. Each batsman is recognised with one shot and cover drives belong to Kohli. – Sachin Tendulkar

=>I love watching Virat Kohli bat. He looks to me like an individual of my own heart. I love his aggression, and serious passion that I used to have. He reminds me of myselfViv Richards

=>Watching Kohli bat, reminds me of Tendulkar. – Michael Clarke

=>Virat Kohli is the best shorter version batsman that I have ever seen. He’s been an absolute geniusKumar Sangakkara

=>Virat is one of the world’s greatest batsmen, combining an unmatched ability to dispatch the ball with pin-point accuracy with exceptional running between the wicketsAB de Villiers

=>To become a good player, you need talent. To become a great player, you need an attitude like Kohli - Sunil Gavaskar

=>His record in one day cricket as captain, number of hundreds in ODIs as captain is by far the best. Just fantastic. It’s such a pleasure to watch and you feel so proud when you see the way he playsSourav Ganguly

=>Virat’s success does not surprise you, his failures do. – Sanjay Manjrekar

=>I am one person who wouldn’t like to compare players. But Kohli’s attitude is as ruthless as Viv’s (Richards) wasAlvin Kallicharran

=>Virat Kohli is among the top 10 players of all time. His name will be written in the history of 200 years of cricket, like Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar. – Kapil Dev

=>There are many really great players but he is the stand-out across all the three formats of this era by a country mile. – Michael Vaughan

=>This guy is a global superstar. Will break all records in world cricket. – Steve Waugh

=>As a batsman, Sachin was a very big player. I cannot compare but today Virat is the only one who comes close (to Tendulkar). - Saqlain Mushtaq

=>As long as he keeps performing, we have a chance to keep Test cricket relevantGraeme Smith