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Kapil Dev Feels In-form Virat Kohli Can Score in All Conditions

Press Trust of India |December 13, 2016, 5:20 PM IST
Kapil Dev Feels In-form Virat Kohli Can Score in All Conditions

New Delhi: Taking a dig at James Anderson for his controversial comments on Virat Kohli, Kapil Dev has come out in strong support of India’s Test captain, saying he has not seen a cricketer like him and the star batsman can score in all conditions.

Anderson triggered a controversy by saying Kohli had made a mountain of runs in Indian conditions, which according to the England pace spearhead, ‘take any flaws out of the equation’.

When asked for his take on the subject, World Cup winning captain Kapil said Kohli can and will score runs in all countries including England, where he endured a tough time two years ago.

“Virat can very well play in all conditions. He is simply playing fabulous cricket. It is great to see an Indian play like this. I have never seen a cricketer like him,” said Kapil at an event in the Capital on Tuesday.

In a lighter vein, Kapil went on to say that Kohli can even score runs with his sunglasses on, considering he is in the form of his life.

The 28-year-old has already scored 41 international hundreds and averages more than 50 in all three formats. Is he good enough to break Sachin Tendulkar’s records and is he better than his peers — Joe Root and Steve Smith?

Kapil said: “All I would say is look at Virat’s record. That speaks for itself. The records show that he is the best at the moment.”

However, he said that it is too early to judge Kohli’s captaincy even though he has managed to win five successive series. “It is too early. He has got a long way to go,” he said.

The former India all-rounder also lauded the effort of star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who alongside Kohli has been instrumental in the team’s recent success.

“He is one of the fabulous bowlers we have seen. Rather than he breaking my record or anyone else’s, what target he would set for others is more important,” he said.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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