Michael Atherton has claimed Virat Kohli’s role in promoting the game’s red ball format and leading India to great heights as the skipper will ultimately be remembered as his greatest contribution. The Englishman then wished good luck to Kohli as well as Indian head coach Rahul Dravid.
Virat Kohli over the past decade and a half has become one of the greatest batsmen to ever play cricket, scoring over 23,000 runs on the international stage. However, what has brought him to the limelight time and time again has been his commitment to his team and his desire to play Test cricket at the highest level. The 33-year-old captained the Men in Blue for a record 68 Tests, winning 40 of them and establishing himself as India’s most successful one-mile skipper of all time.
This passion for all-whites has won Virat Kohli many admirers throughout his career, former England captain Michael Atherton being one of them. A flamboyant drummer himself in his prime, Atherton was nothing but praise for the Indian stalwart.
“I am a big admirer of his cricket, his batting and how he has taken the Indian Test team forward as captain and how he has promoted Test cricket as well. I think this will be his great legacy,” said Michael Atherton. quoted saying on the Sony Sports Network.
However, Kohli has endured a long period of leanness, having failed to score an international century since November 2019. Nonetheless, he has been instrumental in delivering key results with the help of the head coach Rahul Dravidand Atherton was quick to wish the duo well in their respective professional careers.
“I know Rahul Dravid a little better than Virat Kohli. It was nice to chat with them both. Rahul whom I played against and I have a very high regard for him. I wish him good luck as a coach of the Indian team and I hope Virat, after a few tough years with the bat, can get back to his best form,” he said.
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