IPL 2013

'Kohli reminds me of myself' - Viv Richards

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 25, 2013

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Virat Kohli hits to the off side, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, Bangalore, April 11, 2013
'He looks to me like an individual of my own heart.' - Sir Vivian Richards on Virat Kohli © BCCI
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Virat Kohli has received a compliment from Viv Richards, the former West Indies batsman, as he said that the Indian batsman reminds him of himself when he goes out to bat. Richards, largely acknowledged as the game's most destructive batsman, was recently appointed by the Delhi Daredevils as team ambassador.

"I love watching Virat Kohli bat. He looks to me like an individual of my own heart. I love his aggression, and [he has] serious passion that I used to have. He reminds me of myself," Richards told PTI. "He is an individual who doesn't back off from confrontation; someone who can stand his ground under pressure. I love that as you can't teach these instinctive aspects."

Richards also praised Kohli's attitude towards fielding, and how he looks to be positive. "Just like me, he loves the ball to come to him. He wants to dive, stop the runs. He is a livewire unlike some fielders, who would just dig a hole and dive in it rather than dive to stop the ball."

Richards, however, believes that with Sachin Tendulkar continuing to play beyond 40, the country's expectations on Kohli will be high. "I believe till Tendulkar is there, you need to give him respect," Richards said. "Obviously, once Sachin retires, you can bank on Kohli as he is young enough and has a lot of time on his side. He will only improve and continue to get better."

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Posted by spinkingKK on (April 26, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

Kohli is a very good player. However, Sir Viv was one of the greatest ever. What Viv referring to is Kohli's attitude towards batting and fielding resembles himself. I can live with that. But, that's where the comparison should end. I have read a comment by @Jayakrishnan Parameswaran that nobody could even imagine facing lilee/Thomson without helmet. But, a humble great, India's own Gavaskar did face them and the west Indians without helmet too. He did have a head guard under his hat. But, that was only a precaution and he never got hit on the head anyway. When talking about batting greats, people always seems to talk about Bradman, Sobers, Richards, Tendulkar and Lara. But, Gavaskar should rank high up alongside Bradman. He was an open batsman who had no fast bowlers in his side and had to face intimidations of all kinds(bowling, verbal, umpiring etc) to score those centuries playing for a country so lowly ranked at that time. NEVER FORGET OUR LITTLE MASTER.

Posted by vjain0817 on (April 26, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

This is too early to compare Kohli with any of the games greatest. Sir Viv might see himself in Kohli but he still has a lot to prove to be the next greatest and I respect that, hope Kohli do not get carried away with this. Sir Don compared Sachin with himself after ten long years of sachin's career was over, he was destined for greatness at that time when bradman compared sachin with himself and he has proved him right. But Kohli has just started shining in cricket, he is on the right path but has miles and miles to go to be the games next greatest. Now, the question is, will Kohli be able to prove Sir Viv right in the coming years or will he be just a passing meteor shower which looks pleasing to the eyes for some time but after that its all dark and lots of dark?

Posted by GRVJPR on (April 26, 2013, 3:31 GMT)

@mukesh_Love.cricket Even if kohli has a bad series in south africa, he will eventually be India's greatest... (remeber dravid averages 25 in south africa).

Posted by Mitcher on (April 26, 2013, 2:40 GMT)

Viv is in the top few since Bradman. Sachin just behind.

Posted by Naren on (April 26, 2013, 1:59 GMT)

This is a mistake the great people do. Tomorrow they will start saying Kohli is better than Viv. You have to see the period they played in and how destructive they were. Today with all the technology improvements and bats with much improved sweet spots, people start comparing players across generation. This is the main reason why always disagree those people who started claiming Tendulkar is better than the Don.

Posted by InnocentGuy on (April 25, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

Bradman:Sachin::Viv:Kohli All he is saying his, his aggression and personality reminds him of himself. He is not comparing the actual batting or talent itself. Even if so, if Viv himself feels that, who are we lesser mortals to question him?

Posted by r0adrunn3r on (April 25, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

@People calling Viv "nuts", are you kidding me? He is giving Kholi a compliment,why are you folks trying to undermine that? Obviously Kholi does not have the same impact Viv had, he is still very young ( is not physically imposing as Viv was) but he sure has what it takes to be amongst the best by the end of his career. He has been incredibly consistent over the years and has shown many a times that he can bat both aggressively as well as build an intelligent innings when needed with the same ease. Name 3 people who are better than him in world cricket with similar experience if you can. Hope Sir Viv's compliments motivate him to tone down his aggression against other players and focus it on his game.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

There is no one like IVA Richards- he is the real GOD of all the batsmen I have seen in the last 35 years-- noone comes near. Can any batsman imagine facing Lillee/Thomson etc without a helmet on a green pitch.. his swagger, personality , audacity was awesome. Unselfish,natural batsman who played with a lot of pride.. noboby can emulate him...

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

I can't fathom Kohli being equated to Viv. My God, has Viv gone nuts. He was terrific and who does not wear a helmet and could still negotiate genuine quicks at ease with aplomb. Kohli is a good batsman, but still miles to go. Need to look at Richards strike rate when his peers did have an average strike rate of 50 to 70 those days. I have not seen anybody like Richards, not even Gayle. Because Gayle could be tested in bouncy condition, but not Richards.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

what a compliment? . kohli is the future captain of indian cricket.He deserves this compliment none other than great master of cricket sir V V Richards.Best of luck virat

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (April 25, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

its true , kohli is destined for big things , as someone here pointed out, he reminds me a lot of Ricky ponting , forget the IPL , am waiting to see him batting in SA against steyn and co in test match. that is going to be the real test for his class and talent. him , rohit sharma and pujara will be the future of Indian batting

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

Viv Richards is the greatest batsman in the history of cricket and Kohli should be a proud man to get such praises

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

Sir Viv Richards has essentially blessed Virat, remember when the Don said that about Tendulkar, now look at Sachin. Kohli is destined for greatness.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

My favourite indian cricketer. If the rest of team india played with as much heart as Kohli they would get some good results. When he learns how to challenge that aggression into consistently good performances vs the occasional petulance he will be one of India's finest. He should definitely have a chat to Steve Waugh about how to take sledging and turn that into a century rather than let it distract him.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

So sad to hear that. When he comes to crease we do not feel the same body language that you possess sir. When you walk in, we feel that you have score an 80 odd runs. You are great. really great. Kohli cant be like you sir. Kohli can be compared with Ponting for his anger.

Posted by Naseer_shah on (April 25, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Viv Richards giving statement which he payed for ....simple is that .... Kohli was completely demolish by a newbie pakistani bowler in recent series against pakistan , on the other hand Viv richards had never been demolish in any wicket against any bowler .....

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

Kohli, deserved this big praise from Sir Richards

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Big praise Kohli. You've earned it! Now hopefully you can justify it in the long run.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

Well said Sir Viv. I totally love Kohli's attitude towards cricket and there's results to show for it.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

Kohli reminds me of ponting of old. Highly talented but equally tempremental. He has every quality to become a legend

Posted by Sabari81115 on (April 25, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

kohli was very lucky to get the word like this from Sir Richards

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