Virat Kohli raises the bar with every innings - Rahul Dravid
Kohli, who is the Indian Test captain, had secured the man of the series award in the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20 tournament, having scored 273 runs from five matches, including three fifties.
However, Dravid revealed that in the conversations he has had with Kohli, he noticed that the 27-year-old is keen to etch his name among the great Test players of the game.
Furthermore, Dravid feels that the younger generation of players can learn a lot from how Kohli, Kane Williamson, Joe Root and Steven Smith have excelled in all formats of the game.
“Virat and I had lot of conversations.
“He wants to be a great Test player and knows that a player is respected more if he can perform in formats.
“The younger generation should learn from guys like Virat, Kane Williamson, Steven Smith, Joe Root who have been successful in all formats.”
Kohli, who has played 41 Test matches since his debut in 2011, is just six runs short of reaching the 3000-run mark and has 11 centuries and 12 fifties to his name while scoring runs at an average of 44.02.
Praising the stellar rise of Kohli in the recent years, Dravid feels that with every performance, the aggressive right hander continues to raise the bar even higher.
“Every time I see him (Kohli) perform well, I think he can’t raise the bar higher, but he does it!
“Every time he plays a good innings, he does better in the next innings.”
The advent of T20 and its meteoric rise has been one of the points of discussion with regards to the future of Test cricket and the dwindling crowd interest in the longest format of the game.
Dravid, who is the fourth highest run-scorer in Test cricket admits the importance of T20 cricket but has urged for a proper balance between all the three formats of the game.
“I hate to say T20 is the future of cricket.
“But it’s a significant part of the future.
“ODI cricket started to subsidise Test, and now T20 should do that too.”
India’s next assignment in Test cricket is scheduled to be a lone test match against Zimbabwe in June followed by a tour of the West Indies in July consisting of a four-match series.
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