Royal Challengers Bangalore batting and fielding coach, Trent Woodhill has admitted that the Kohli-de Villiers duo are akin to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
On the subject of Kohli, Woodhill believes that the former is on the same level as the likes of Roger Federer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
“He’s (Kohli) the most impressive sportsman I’ve had the pleasure to work with – in any sport. He’s in the same stratosphere as Roger Federer, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Messi. His approach to his own cricketing career and everything involved around it is extremely professional. It’s really a pleasure to work with,” Woodhill stated.
Kohli was not the only player to have praise heaped on him, Woodhill was equally impressed by AB De Villiers. The Australian believes that the two batsmen are cricket’s equivalent to tennis’ all-time greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
“I first met AB in 2009 when I was at Delhi, and he trains smarter than anybody I’ve worked with. He’s mastered the art of replicating what he needs to do in a period of time in training to be able to move on. In Kohli and AB, you’ve got the Nadal and Federer of the cricket world. It’s tough to pick who is the best of them. AB and Federer share a similar DNA I think, and the same with Nadal and Kohli. The point’s never dead for Nadal, and the point’s never dead for Virat. And AB, he finds a way as Federer does, in conditions where others struggle,” he pointed out.
RCB have their work cut out for them in the coming matches as they have lost three and won one match. Now, they are 7th in the points table ahead of the Delhi Daredevils. The Kohli-de Villiers partnership needs to fire if they have to stand a chance of revive their season. This time, they do not have Chris Gayle to fall back on as he is playing for Kings XI Punjab.