KUALA LUMPUR: Former captain Kapil Dev on Tuesday said that Indian batting’s mainstay Virat Kohli will rewrite more records than anyone else in world cricket and believed the Delhi batsman has realistic chances of “bettering” even Sachin Tendulkar’s career graph if he remains injury-free.
“Without any doubt Kohli will make more records than anybody else. I don’t compare, there cannot be a second Don Bradman, and there cannot be another Sachin Tendulkar. But yes, Kohli has got amazing talent, it’s huge for a 24-year-old, and maybe, he can be better than Tendulkar. The next generation has to be better than the previous one,” Kapil said.
Kapil, 55, is in the city as one of the ambassadors for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards, scheduled to be held on Wednesday.
Talking about Kohli, he further said, “Virat Kohli has so far shown that he has more ability and talent than anybody else and if he can play till 32 or 34 with same fitness and without injuries, he will come to a point where not even Vivian Richards neither Sachin Tendulkar had such a record.”
Kapil said a team can’t expect one individual to carry on the responsibilities on his shoulders forever.
“I don’t look at it that way because he has done his job, you don’t expect Don Bradman to play for 100 years or Sachin Tendulkar to carry on forever. For 24 years he has served his country so well, he did everything what a cricketer should do but you have to move on in life and sooner the team realise that it’s good for the team. If you start talking about him all the time team is not going to be settled.”