West Indies batsman Brian Lara is one of the greatest batsmen of all the time. Lara has admired Virat Kohli and praised him, who is way ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to his batting format.
Lara’s all-time favorite remains the great Sachin Tendulkar but in today’s era, he said Virat Kohli as the best.
“He (Virat Kohli) is a (run) machine. But sorry to say Sachin Tendulkar is my (choice),” – Brian Lara said.
“But getting back to your question, no doubt there is a huge gap between Virat Kohli and the rest of the world in all forms of the game. Rohit Sharma might have got four centuries in this World Cup, (Jonny) Bairstow or whatever, if you want somebody to bat in T20, T10, 100 balls (cricket) or Test cricket, it is going to be Virat Kohli today,” – Lara added.
Lara said if today Indian batsmen are doing well in any series, it is just because of Tendulkar, who installed that confidence in them.
“The (impression) Sachin left on the game is just unbelievable because he sort of bridged that period, where you felt that when Indian batsman leaves Indian soil, Indian pitches, they are not that good. But Sachin Tendulkar was good on every surface and all of the Indian batsmen are good on every single surface today, I think simply because they took a page out of his (Sachin’s) book,” – Lara added.
Lara was in pain as he is in a difficult face where West Indies has already been knocked out of the semi-finals race.
“We have been turned to a corner. Every country, every sports team goes through a little bit of cycle, but we seem to be in the same position for quite some time, which is unfortunate.” – Lara said.
Lara also spoke about his early days, his father’s contribution, his college days and facing the spin duo of Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne and his relationship with Tendulkar.