Batting legend VVS Laxman reckons that current India captain Virat Kohli is a trend-setter like Sachin Tendulkar and he will leave a legacy behind.

Speaking on Wednesday in Dubai at the WION Global Summit, Laxman said like Tendulkar inspired an entire generation, Kohli shares similar traits despite contrasting personalities.

“There’s a legacy which Virat Kohli will leave. Sachin was an inspiration for an entire generation including players like me. He took a lot of pride playing for the country, sored tons of runs and consistently winning matches for over 24 years is never easy,” Laxman said. (ALSO READ: India, England favourites for 2019 WC- Laxman)

Comparing the two cricketers, Laxman said, “Kohli is very similar to Sachin. He’s a trend setter, role model to this generation of cricketers and not just limited to Indian. Budding cricketers look to idolise him. Both of them are little different as personalities are concerned – Sachin is more calm and reserved whereas Kohli is more aggressive and emotional.” (VIDEO: Cricket last thing on my mind, have to back security forces: Laxman)

Laxman also praised Kohli for raising his own and Indian team’s fitness standards which he feels is quite similar to the Australian teams led by the likes of Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting. (VIDEO: India, England favourites at World Cup: Laxman)

“Kohli has focused a lot on an important aspect which is critical which is on fitness. When a fit team takes on an opposition, it always carries an edge. It used to be the same for Australia under Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting. Kohli sets an example and it rubs on all the players. India will probably be the fittest team in the world currently. The fielding level has gone really high. All this will help the team do well in pressure situation,” he said.

Laxman played 134 Tests and 86 ODIs says Indian an exciting bowling attack makes India are a complete side and they are peaking at the right time for the ICC World Cup 2019.

“India are a complete side. It’s not only the batting department. What’s exciting is their bowling department, especially the fast bowlers which is a matter of pride. You have got resources which can not only restrict the flow of runs but pick wickets and challenge the batsmen, making them look uncomfortable at crease.

Indian team is peaking at the right time. The win in Australia Tests followed by ODIs and the way they played in New Zealand shows that this team has got the potential to be world beaters. If they win the World Cup, they would have ticked all the boxes. At the moment they have done well in Test cricket and in ODI tournaments as well. Winning World Cup will be the icing on the cake,” Laxman added.