India had a great show in the group stage of the ICC World Cup 2019 where they ended as the group topper. However, a shocking loss to New Zealand in the semi-final ended their journey in the World Cup on July 10 at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. However, former West Indies batting legend Brian Lara said that Virat Kohli is a run machine as he has been doing wonders with the bat across formats.
“He [Virat Kohli] is a run machine. But sorry to say Sachin Tendulkar is my [favourite],” Lara shared after he was being conferred the Doctorate in Science [Honours Causa] by the DY Patil University in Nerul, Mumbai.
“But getting back to your question, no doubt there is a huge gap between Virat Kohli and the rest of the world in all forms of the game. Rohit Sharma might have got four centuries in this World Cup, [Jonny] Bairstow or whatever, if you want somebody to bat in T20, T10, 100 balls or Test cricket, it is going to be Virat Kohli today,” added Lara.
Lara had scored 22,358 runs in the International Cricket, including 11,953 runs in ODIs. He further shared that if today India are doing well in batting, it is because of Tendulkar, who had given the confidence in them.
“The impression Sachin left on the game is just unbelievable, because he sort of bridged that period, where you felt that when Indian batsmen leave Indian soil, Indian pitches, they are not that good. But Sachin Tendulkar was good on every surface and all of the Indian batsman are good on every single surface today, I think simply because they took a page out of his book,” said Brian Lara.
Although India have lost the semi-final, the arch-rival Australia and England will face each other in the second semi-final on July 11 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.