Virat Kohli could become India's next great batsman: Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar said Virat Kohli (above) has made a habit of compiling some of his best innings when India is in a bit of pressure © Getty Images

Mumbai: Jul 7, 2013
 
Former India cricket Sanjay Manjrekar is happy that India has finally played like the best team in tri-series tournament match against the West Indies on Friday.
 
In his column for Hindustan Times, he wrote, “So the best team in the tournament finally played like the best team in the tournament. What is it with India and when they are pushed hard against the wall? And specifically Virat Kohli, who seems to have made a habit of compiling some of his best innings when India is in a bit of a soup.”
 
Praising Kohli for his performance under pressure against West Indies on Friday, he wrote, “He is clearly the chosen one in this next gen of Indian batsmen. He has all it takes to become the next great Indian batsman.”
 
He also wrote about the fact how Delhi is producing powerful batsmen which Mumbai used to once.
 
“What I really find amazing is how the power centre of batting has shifted from Mumbai to Delhi. After [Virender] Sehwag and [Gautam] Gambhir we now have Virat and Shikhar [Dhawan]. What is even more amazing is the fact that these four Delhi batsmen are all big innings players.”
 
Manjrekar further adds, “Indian cricket has been so fortunate over the years to have great batsmen in their teams from the time I remember.”
 
“Maybe it’s got a lot to do with the batting culture that we have in India where for example, if you have an open selection trial for kids under the age of 15, the longest queue would be of batsmen,” he adds.