Virat Kohli recently received a big compliment from Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar, who said the current Indian skipper would go down as “one of India’s greatest cricket captains.” Though Kohli appreciated the compliment, he added ‘it is a long way to go’ to achieve that tag. (India vs Australia 4th ODI highlights)
Kohli, after the fourth ODI between India and Australia, said: “It feels good to get appreciation; it is a decent compliment. But it is a long way to go.” (India vs Australia 4th ODI Scorecard)
Gavaskar, on Tuesday, had made an interesting prediction when he said that Kohli would go down as one of India’s greatest cricket captains.
Gavaskar highlighted the contribution of the 28-year-old Kohli in cultivating a culture in the team that was “rooted in physical fitness and ruthlessness.”
‘Not a great batting performance’
Meanwhile, post-match, Kohli, while admitting that Australia was better on the day criticised his batting line-up and backed his bowlers saying, “It wasn’t a great batting performance from us”.
“We got a good opening partnership but we needed one big partnership after that as well. From that point of view, it wasn’t a great batting performance from us. That can happen. People have off days. Umesh [Yadav] and [Mohammed[ Shami bowled well. Spinners won’t have good days always. Australia was really good today,” Kohli said.
“With the bat, their (Australia) intent was really good. They pulled things back nicely in the field. We didn’t play so bad, but they were better on the day. Their bowling in the end was quite good. They got breakthroughs at the right time and that stopped our momentum.”
After losing three consecutive matches to India, Australia finally managed to end the drought and notched a win in the fourth ODI defeating India by 21 runs.
The Men in blue had a monstrous target of 335 runs to chase here at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, but it could manage only 313 for eight at the end of 50 overs.
India will take on Australia in the fifth and final ODI at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Sunday.