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24 May 2018, Edition - 1045, Thursday


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Virat Kohli better than Smith, Warner in all forms of cricket: Mike Hussey


Former Australia batsman Mike Hussey has garnered praises on Virat Kohli saying the India captain is probably the best among the current generation of cricket stars.

Virat Kohli has been on a record-breaking spree and has already scored 55 international hundreds. On Wednesday too, Kohli struck a sensational 160 not out to give India an unassailable 3-0 lead in the 6-match one day international series against South Africa.

Kohli notched up his 34th ODI hundred and in the process broke a plethora of records.

“I think he’s doing better than pretty good. He is doing exceptionally well, he’s one of the great players for sure,” Hussey tol Sports Tak in an exclusive chat in St Moritz.

Kohli is often compared with the likes of his contemporaries Steve Smith, Joe Root, David Warner and Kane Williamson.

Hussey is however of the view that the India captain was better than the rest.

“It’s very difficult to rate who is the best among Kohli, David Warner and Steve Smith. On their day, they are all as good as each other but Kohli is probably is the best. His consistency in all forms of the game is phenomenal,” Mr Cricket said on the sidelines of St. Moritz Ice Cricket 2018.

In December last year, Kohli hit his sixth double ton in Tests during India’s third and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. He now has most Test double hundreds as captain, overtaking West Indies great Brian Lara’s record.

He also equalled an Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most double centuries in Test cricket by an Indian batsman.

Kohli enjoyed a sensational run 2016 across formats. He did even better in 2017 and finished as the highest run-scorer in ODIs, amassing 1460 runs including six hundreds and seven fifties from 26 matches.

And last but not the least, Kohli is the only batsman in the world to average more than 50 in all three formats, which has been the case for a while now. He is currently averaging 53.40 in Tests, 57.34 in ODIs and 52.86 in T20Is with a total of 55 international centuries in his kitty.