Virat Kohli has been the lynchpin of India's batting order © Getty Images
Virat Kohli has been the lynchpin of India’s batting order © Getty Images


New Delhi: Apr 22, 2014


Former fast bowler Javagal Srinath lauded Virat Kohli for creating a place for himself in Indian cricket. Srinath, now an International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee, said Kohli is never compared to the likes of Sachin Tendulkar or Rahul Dravid.


“Virat has done exceptionally well for himself. He is such a great player. Nobody compares him with Sachin or Dravid. He has found his place in Indian cricket,” said Srinath during an interaction at Gillete’s Men of Inner Steel initiative.


Srinath’s long-time partner Venkatesh Prasad said that legend Sunil Gavaskar, who is the interim chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is the real Man of Steel.


“I feel Mr. Gavaskar is the real Man of Steel. He has survived international cricket for 15 years and has faced some of the quicker bowlers without any helmet. He is a great leader and deserves to lead the BCCI,” said Prasad.


Former India captain Ajit Wadekar, under whom Gavaskar made his Test debut, also concurred with Prasad and said that his teammate is the perfect role model.


“Sunny is a great role model. He is calm and composed and the perfect man to lead Indian cricket,” he said.