SA v IND 2018: There is no one of Virat Kohli's caliber, says Virender Sehwag

Virat Kohli led India to its 9th ODI series win.

Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli | AFP

Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to lead India to a ODI series victory in South Africa. Kohli is receiving lots of praises from all around the cricketing world.

The latest to join the list of admirers is Virender Sehwag. Sehwag thinks Kohli has an unmatchable caliber, which makes him one of the best skippers we have ever seen.

"Kohli is the No.1 captain in terms of series wins. If we analyze the past eight series wins under his captaincy, we'll find that he is one of the best captains we have ever seen," Sehwag told India TV.

Sehwag also feels that it will be unfair to compare him with the previous successful skippers. "Having said that, I believe that we should not compare him with the best of previous captains. He needs more time and experience as captain to reach where the past skippers are," he added. 

Kohli has led India to its 9th ODI series win. India won the series against South Africa after beating them in the 5th ODI to take a lead of 4-1. Virat has also got 429 runs in the series till now, with two centuries.

According to Sehwag, Kohli has matured with time and hasn't come under captaincy pressure, unlike others. "He has gained confidence with the captaincy. Unlike others, he has matured and has taken his individual game to the next level."

"He doesn't take the pressure of captaincy. In fact, he has improved his game with the responsibility. He has brought the trend of fitness in the camp," the 39-year-old added.

Sehwag thinks Kohli has an aggression of Sourav Ganguly. "Kohli's aggression can be compared with Ganguly. In fact, he is an upgraded version of Sourav Ganguly. Under Ganguly's captaincy, we saw some incredible wins overseas and such has been the trend so far with Virat Kohli."

Claiming that aggression has been a strength for the Indian captain, Sehwag added, "I remember once Rahul Dravid said that Kohli's aggression suits him the best. Aggression doesn't guarantee you success, but it has been a big strength in Virat's case."

Praising Kohli, Sehwag also said that the Indian ace cricketer brings out best of an individual. "The fighting team is the power of captain Kohli and I strongly believe that this team can do wonders in England and Australia. The best thing about Kohli's captaincy is that he brings the best out of individuals. The day bowlers stop performing Kohli's downfall will begin. His strength lies in the current bowling line-up," Sehwag commented.


By Sihyeu Singh - 15 Feb, 2018

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