Virat Kohli is No. 1 batsman, his performances have been unbelievable: Mohammad Yousuf

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Pakistan legend Mohammad Yousuf lauded India captain Virat Kohli, saying his commitment to giving his everything in training is what sets him apart from the rest of his competitors.

Mohammad Yousuf backs Virat Kohli's fitness for his batting prowess. (Reuters Photo)

Mohammad Yousuf backs Virat Kohli’s fitness for his batting prowess. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli is current era’s No.1 batsman: Mohammad Yousuf
  • Yousuf said that Kohli’s performance in all three formats is high-class
  • Kohli’s training regime behind his superlative performances: Yousuf

Former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf heaped rich praise on India captain Virat Kohli, saying he is the No.1 batsman of the current era and his performances have been unbelievable. Yousuf believes that Kohli’s training regime sets him apart from the rest of his competitors.

Earlier last month, Pakistan captain Babar Azam ended Kohli’s more than three-year reign as the top-ranked one-day batsman in the latest ICC rankings published. Notably, Kohli and Azam are currently rated as one of the top batsmen in all three formats with both being present in the ICC top 10 batsmen rankings in all three formats. Babar is even ranked first in the ODI rankings, with Kohli being number two. In fact, Virat Kohli is the only batsman in the top five of all three formats.

“I’ve never seen him practice but have followed some of his training videos on Twitter and other places. In today’s era, if someone asks me what is modern cricket, I’d say it’s about training. The players today are fit and fast, as is Virat Kohli, which is the reason behind his terrific performances,” Yousuf said on the YouTube Show Cricast.

“He has 70 centuries in ODIs and Tests combined. In ODIs, he has some 12000 runs and is approaching the 10,0000 mark in Tests as well. In T20I as well, he has some great numbers. His performance in all three formats is high-class. In today’s era, he is the No.1 batsman. I have earlier said as well that comparisons with the players of the previous era in unfair. Despite that, his performances are unbelievable,” Yousuf said, who scored 9720 runs in 288 ODIs and 7530 runs in 90 Tests.

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