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Legends call Kohli special; compare him to Miandad, McEnroe

Cricketing legends Kapil Dev, Wasim Akram and Sourav Ganguly have heaped praise on Virat Kohli with one comparing India’s batting mainstay to tennis great John McEnroe and another saying that his value in the team is more than his teammates.

“He is a special player. He holds the team together. You have top guys like Rohit (Sharma), Suresh (Raina), Yuvraj (Singh) but the way Virat has played over the last six seen years, he is at another level,” said former India captain Ganguly at the ‘Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket Conclave’ here.

“He has scored all around the world and is a match winner. Look at the Asia Cup match against Pakistan. He took the team home after overcoming a great Mohammad Amir spell.

Even though the target was a small one.

“You also can’t forget the consecutive hundreds he scored against Australia in the Adelaide Test. He holds the team together and that is why his value is a bit more than others,” Ganguly added.

Part of the high-profile line-up at the Conclave were Kapil and Akram. 

Both greats love Kohli’s flamboyance on the field, which they feel brings out the best in him.

Inzamam Ul Haq was also a part of the conversation.

“He loves to take panga (dare others) and that way he ends up playing even better. If Inzy (sitting next to Wasim) remembers, in 1999 I told the boys that ‘if the crowd is against you, booing you, that means you are doing a good job’. 
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