After the recent test in England, Virat Kohli became the number batsman in Tests. Jason Roy recently said that Virat's self-confidence makes him special.
In any match, the pressure situation would make them nervous, especially with wickets falling at the other end, but not Kohli. And that sense of self-belief and self-confidence makes him unique. "His self-confidence doesn't dip, it takes a lot for that to take a beating. That makes him special. The other thing is his fitness. I think he’s the fittest, greatest batsman," said England batsman Jason Roy in a debate during the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture.
However, he was quick to deny that England was afraid of him. "Not scared of him, no. He's obviously a great player, and rightly so, you’ve given him such kind words. He’s an extremely good athlete, an imposing batsman, an imposing figure on the field. We’ve got to find ways of dismantling him somehow, so we can’t give him too much praise right here," he added.
The sentiments were echoed by former India batsman and now commentator Sanjay Manjrekar. "Even among Indian greats now, he's finding a special place. It’s amazing. You talk about dirty Varanasi waters, but Indian waters keep producing this kind of phenomenal batting talents, year after year, generation after generation."
"Sunil Gavaskar quit in 1987. We had [Sachin] Tendulkar two years later, in 1989. And as he was winding up his long career, here comes Virat Kohli."
"Where I find him (Kohli) different from other batting greats is his self-belief, his self-confidence," said Manjrekar. "I remember he averaged 13 (13.4) the last time he was a year in England. The very next Test match was in Adelaide, and he walked out like he was king of Adelaide," he added.
Speaking to reporters after the match on Saturday, Kohli had stressed that he is disappointed about losing the match as he is not focused on personal achievements. "When the focus is on the larger picture, these things don’t matter. Back in the day, I used to think about playing in different conditions, different countries, but when you become captain it’s about taking your team across the line," Virat had said.
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