Former Pakistan legend Muhammad Yousuf has shown faith in Virat Kohli, stating that he is in his prime and will start scoring hundreds again in all formats. Virat Kohli has been India’s best batsman across all formats, but he hasn’t scored a century since last two years. Kohli, 32, has still a lot of intensity left and it is a matter of time till he gets his long-lost form back and starts scoring hundreds.
“Kohli is only 32 and this is the age at which top batsmen hit prime and it is only a matter of time before he starts getting hundreds again,” Pakistan legendary batsman Muhammad Yousuf told Khaleejtimes.
Praising Kohli’s ability of scoring hundreds in all formats consistently, Yousuf said, “To achieve what he has already achieved is formidable and to me, scoring 70 Test and One-day International hundreds (by Kohli) is extreme.”
While stating the records of Sachin Tendulkar, who is the first and only batsman to score 100 centuries across all formats, Yousuf said that Kohli deserves all the praise but he can’t be compared with Sachin Tendulkar. “He (Kohli) has done it and no matter how much we praise him, it is less. But at same time I don’t think there is a comparison between him and Sachin (Tendulkar),” he said.
Indian youngsters have better role models to follow: Yousuf
Recently, India defeated Australia in the four-match Test series and India played without Kohli. The tour also witnessed the rise of Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant, who have now established themselves in the longest format of the sport. When asked the reason why India produces so many technically sound batsmen than Pakistan, Yousuf explained that young Indians have better role models to follow.
“Their young batters have always had role models to follow from one era to another. That is why even today, they (India) are producing better batsmen. I was lucky that when I started playing I had players like Inzamam ul Haq and Saeed Anwar to look up to and was also coached by a great like Javed Miandad,” he concluded.