Caribbean Stalwart Sir Viv Richards heaped praise on the poster boy of Indian Cricket in Virat Kohli saying that his infamous on field attitude isnt a problem for the Indian Test captain oozes the skill to back it up.
“I see nothing wrong in Virat’s attitude. He is very different from (MS) Dhoni. I believe if you are showing passion and aggression on the field, you should have the game quality to match that. Virat has the quality. He can give back as good as he gets. I like people who have stomach for a good fight and Virat is one of them,” the iconic Richards said in an interview with the PTI.
“Virat brings in a lot of vibrancy and the future of Indian cricket looks bright,” he added. Virat Kohli incidently was the fastest to 5000 ODI runs, incidently bettering the man himself in Sir Vivian Richards before South African Hashim Amla snatched it away.
Sir Viv was also kind enough to say that he would help Indian youngster if the BCCI ever approached him with such kind of a role.
“Why not? I would be quite happy to help out the young Indian batsmen if their cricket board wants me to help them. I believe I have enormous amount of information and knowledge which could prove beneficial for youngsters. If BCCI wants, I can put my hand up and would like to help talented cricketers,” said the man from Antigua.
Although Sir Viv is the Brand Ambassador of the ongoing CPL, he stressed that playing the longer format of the game should the ultimate goal of a youngster.
“Test cricket is the ultimate examination for any cricketer. I believe ICC in collaboration with various cricket boards should ensure that Test cricket’s position should not be in trouble.” said the great man.
“As far as West Indies cricketers are concerned, I would ideally want the WICB to ensure that all top cricketers are available to play Test cricket subject to which they would be allowed to play in lucrative T20 leagues like Indian Premier League. Playing in IPL is important but it can be used as a platform or an incentive for showing interest in playing Test cricket,” he added.