Mumbai: Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir believes that despite not having the ‘strength’ like Chris Gayle and ‘ability’ like AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli would have been better off if T20 cricket ( If successful in T20 cricket), the credit goes to his best fitness. Virat Kohli is successful in Test and ODI international, he has left his special mark in T20 as well. Indian captain Virat Kohli has scored 2794 runs in 82 matches at an average of 50.8 in T20 Internationals so far.
Gautam Gambhir said in the Star Sports program Cricket Connected, Virat Kohli has always been a smart cricketer, but he made his entire T20 career extremely successful due to his excellent fitness. He said, probably because he doesn’t have the strength like Chris Gayle, he doesn’t have the ability like AB de Villiers, he probably doesn’t have the ability like Jack Kallis or Brian Lara. Gautam Gambhir was asked what the reasons are for the Indian captain to succeed in the shortest format of cricket. Gautam Gambhir said that Virat Kohli has no match even in running between wickets and rotating strikes. Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, and Rohit Sharma are also behind in this matter.
Gautam Gambhir, who was a member of the winning team of T20 World Cup 2007 and ODI World Cup 2011, said his strongest side is his fitness and he has molded it well in his game. This is the reason why he is so successful, so the credit goes to him. He said, the most important thing is that he runs very well between wickets, not many batsmen are able to do so. Kohli has also been successful in the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he has scored 5412 runs in 177 matches. Gautam Gambhir said, at the moment there are very few cricketers in the cricket world who can change the strike on every ball and Virat Kohli does this job very well and therefore he is different from everyone else.
Gautam Gambhir said that when it comes to rotating strikes, Kohli has more consistency than his partner and star batsman Rohit Sharma. He said, you look at Rohit Sharma only, in the matter of rotating the strike, Rohit Sharma does not have the ability that is in Virat Kohli. Rohit Sharma has the skills to hit big shots but Virat Kohli has more consistency than Rohit Sharma in strike rotate case. Gautam Gambhir said, Chris Gayle or AB de Villiers do not have the skill to rotate strikes especially in front of spinners but Virat Kohli has it and hence his average is above 50.