ENG vs IND 2018: Virat Kohli is the best player in the world, says Michael Vaughan

Virat followed his magnificent 97 in the first innings with a brilliant 103 in the second.

Vaughan believes Virat Kohli is the best player in the world. (Getty)

Having seen him dominate the English bowling attack and score his 23rd ton in Test match cricket on Day 3 at Trent Bridge, former captain Michael Vaughan has said that Virat Kohli is the best batsmen in world cricket at the moment. Virat notched up his second hundred of the series, as he amassed 103 fabulous runs, giving his side a very stiff lead and England an impregnable target of 521. 

Having followed this with a brilliant 97 in the first innings and scoring a gritty 149 at Edgbaston, Virat solidified his position as the highest run-getter of the series and certainly impressed Vaughan. 

"There are many really great players but he is the stand-out across all the three formats of this era by a country mile," Vaughan told Test Match Special, "He's got the gift to play all around the wicket in every single format."

Virat has actually had an amazing turn around from the last time he toured England. 

He averaged just 13.4 across 10 innings, with only 134 runs in 2014 and now, 6 innings into the series, he has 440 runs at an excellent average of 73.33. 

Vaughan further said, "On this tour he has left well and made the bowlers bowl to him, It looks to me as though he has been working on this for some time and come with a clear plan." and added, "He is a wonderful player. There were questions about if he could bat in English conditions. No question in my mind; he is the best batsman in the world across all three formats. He is an unbelievable player."

Even assistant coach Paul Farbrace has massive respect for Virat. 

Fabrace reiterated what Vaughan said. 

"You would be hard pressed to argue against him being seen as the best player in the world at the moment," Farbrace believes, "The way that he has developed, he has played fantastically in this series. I like the way that he plays the game. It's fantastic to see someone playing the game in that way."

"He's a high-quality player and he's shown that he's learned a lot on this tour alone. He deserves the runs that he's scored. Our bowlers might argue that he's been given too many chances, but he's shown he is high quality. I'm a big believer in players learning from players. Our players should be watching the way he has played." he added. 


By Kashish Chadha - 21 Aug, 2018

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