Former New Zealand Captain Brendon McCullum has come out and showered great praise on India's best batsman Virat Kohli for putting up a stellar performance in both innings of the first England versus India Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Virat showed a lot of gumption in the way he handled the opposition attack led by James Anderson and even if he didn't win the one-on-one battle against his nemesis in the past, he didn't lose it. Virat won a battle much bigger than that, one with himself.
He faced Anderson for 43 balls in what was the most engrossing Test match spectacle that one could see. Anderson threw everything at Virat. He made Virat struggle and commanded India's best to bring out his best to score every run. Virat kept his ego aside and showed immense amount of grit, tenacity and lot of fortitude to come out from the bout without losing it. A disciplined and ambitioned man is a very powerful man.
He then deservingly got some of Test Cricket's most memorable 149 runs in recent times in the first innings.
Virat, who is currently batting on 43* in a run-chase of 194 with only just 5 Indian wickets left, has regarded as the most important wicket to take by the England bowlers. James Anderson went to the extent of saying, “We’ll go to bed dreaming about getting Kohli out first thing, We need five wickets, simple as that, fairly quickly – otherwise, they’ll get the runs, We’ve just got to give it everything we’ve got in the morning for the first 15-20 overs – leave absolutely nothing out there. It’s a really exciting place to be because you know we could do something special tomorrow by winning this. It’s such a close Test match,”
Virat is getting appreciated from all over the world but his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate, Brendon McCullum, is also amused by his efforts in England.
McCullum took to the social media network Twitter and posted, "Oh yes and this @imVkohli is rather very very good!"