Viv Richards: Love Kohli’s aggression. Can you imagine us playing in the same team?

first_imgLegendary West Indies batsman Vivian Richards has said he is a big fan of Virat Kohli’s aggression and he is enjoying watching the India captain play an aggressive brand of cricket against the Australians, who are known for their hostility.Richards called Kohli a “special player” and pointed out that the world number one Test batsman is able to give it back because he is good enough to do so.Speaking at a promotional event in the Northeast Indian city of Guwahati, Richards said he found traces of himself in Kohli’s approach, especially with the way he has been dealing with Australia in the ongoing four-Test series Down Under.”Kohli is aggressive. I am a big fan of him. I like good batsman and good aggression. And I like the fact that someone can play Australia like that. I think Virat Kohli is going to give it back to Australia this time. Virat is special and I like that game,” Richards said.”I also played the same game. Can you imagine Viv and Virat playing in the same team?”Virat is good. You are good if you can only reply. If you are not good you can’t reply. Virat is good in that sense.”Richards, who broke several batting records and wooed fans across the globe during his heyday, was known for his inimitable charm. Opposition bowlers relished the challenge of bowling to Richards but once the gum-chewing maverick got going, the only way to keep him silent was getting him off strike.Like Kohli, Richards also enjoyed tough challenges. His record against Australia is a testament to that. He had scored 2266 runs, including five centuries, against Australia and 1760 of them, including four tons, came Down Under.advertisementRichards’ comments come at a time when Kohli has been criticised for his behaviour in the ongoing tour of Australia. Former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson had called the India skipper “silly and disrespectful” after he had some testy exchanges with his Australian counterpart, Tim Paine in Perth.Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had slammed Kohli and the Indian cricket team, saying needling opponents was not part of the Indian cricket’s DNA in the past.There is a lot of ground to cover for India to find consistency overseas: RichardsMeanwhile, Richards also appreciated the shift in India’s attitude when it comes to acknowledging the need for having quality fast bowlers to perform well overseas. However, the 66-year-old former West Indies captain insisted the Asian giants need more work to win on the road, consistently.”Earlier, India used to play with four spinners. They now have four fast bowlers. It is good that things have changed. India realised it needs that attitude. But India still get to do well in overseas,” Richards said.”Indian infrastructure have improved. IPL has helped in a big way. It has brought money and the Indian team has got substance. But I think India needs to win overseas and still there is a lot of ground to cover.”Also Read | Aaron Finch on Tim Paine’s banter with Rohit Sharma: He did not take the baitAlso Read | Admire Virat Kohli but he should behave with dignity: Naseeruddin Shah to India TodayAlso See:last_img

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