Having scored a sensational 123 to keep India in the reckoning in first innings of the the second Test against Australia in Perth, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been hailed as the best player of all time across all the formats.
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan, who is part of the commentary team for the ongoing Test series between Australia and India, has termed the Indian skipper as better than Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting. Speaking to Fox Sports, he said,
"I have not seen a better player (than Kohli). I’m not disrespecting Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara or Ricky Ponting but across three formats of the game I have not seen anyone better. He has such high skill levels and an incredible mentality when it comes to dealing with the pressure of the chase. All that while dealing with a weight of expectation and adulation that only Sachin would have experienced."
Kohli further enhanced his reputation as arguably the best player of all time with a brilliant century on a testing Perth pitch. The Indian skipper scored his 25th Test ton, and in doing so helped his team post 283 in reply to Australia's 326 in the first innings.
The ongoing second Test between Australia and India in Perth has been a neck to neck affair, though the hosts can stake claim to be in front at the lunch on Day Four, leading by 232 runs with six wickets in hand.
On a pitch which had pace and bounce, Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. Tim Paine's decision was vindicated by his batters, as the hosts managed to amass 326 in the first innings, a total well above par for a pitch like Perth.
In reply, India were bowled out for 283, despite Kohli scoring a magnificent 123. One of the reason why Aussies took forward a 43-run lead to the second innings was their off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who took a fifer. Aussies, hoping to level the series, having lost the first Test by 31 runs, took a sizable lead with a day and two sessions still remaining.