Former Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist. @ Getty Images
Former Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist. @ Getty Images

Former Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist has likened India captain Virat Kohli to tennis stars Roger Federer and Serena Williams. Writing in his column for The Australian on Tuesday, Gilchrist, who called hung his boots in January 2008, said Kohli, Federer and Serena possess a strong mind which is what makes them champions.

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“It’s an understatement to say the greats in any sport have tremendous mental strength. It’s their most potent weapon. Shane Warne, Roger Federer and Serena Williams, Michael Jordan. All are in possession of a sportsperson’s greatest ally, a strong mind. Better than any magical flipper. Far more powerful than a brilliant backhand or ability to hit buzzer-beating three-pointers,” Gilchrist, who scored 5570 runs in 96 Tests, wrote.

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“The ability to analyse what has just happened, identify areas for change to gain improvement and then most significantly banish the incident to the past, has seen all these champions be, well, just that, champions.”

Talking about Kohli’s mental strength, Gilchrist made a mention how the swashbuckling batsman, eight runs short of reaching 1000 runs in Tests in Australia, focussed on his batting when his father passed away when he was just 18.

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“What a tough young mind to tread that particular journey back in 2006 and to conquer many a challenge since. It’s a mind that can focus in on the task at hand with laser-like precision, allowing complete clarity to attend to the challenge presented,” Gilchrist wrote.