Kumara Sangakkara spoke to the press after the third day of the Edgbaston test. He said that Kohli is destined to become India’s greatest batsman. Kohli made his 22nd test century by slamming 149 runs in the first innings and in the second innings, he is still on the crease with 43 runs by the end of the third day.
Kohli’s 149 runs got huge applause from every nook and corner of the world and Kumara Sangakkara opined that he will be India’s greatest batsman like Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli slammed the 57th century if both his test and ODI centuries are taken into account.
Sangakkara said to Times of India that “The way he is playing, Virat can well become the greatest ever Indian batsman,”
“In terms of Sachin’s legacy both in terms of cricket and the way he has dealt with pressure, he is unique. But Virat is well on his way to matching that. He is comfortably the best in the world of his generation and with time, he will mature even more. If he understands himself a bit better and keeps improving his game, he will break quite a few records.”
Kohli is the fifth man in the list of players who slammed the highest number of international centuries. He slammed 57 international centuries preceded by Jacques Kallis with 62 centuries, Sangakkara with 63 centuries, Ricky Ponting with 71 centuries, and Sachin Tendulkar at the top of the list with 100 centuries.
When asked whether he would surpass the record of Sachin’s 100 centuries, Sangakkara said that “It’s up to him how long he plays and if he does for a while, a few serious records will be broken.”
Kohli achieved his best score at Edgbaston test by scoring 149 runs and he slammed 141 runs earlier in 2014 against Australia at Adelaide.