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Kohli is cricketing version of Cristiano Ronaldo: Brian Lara

By The Assam Tribune

VISAKHAPATNAM, Dec 16: Virat Kohli is the cricketing equivalent of soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for his sheer commitment towards the game even though a KL Rahul can consider himself at par with the India captain in terms of talent, feels West Indies batting icon Brian Lara.

One of the greatest batsmen to have played the game and for many, the best left-hander of all-time along with Sir Garfield Sobers, Lara says he is in awe of how Kohli has honed his skills to take batting to an �unbelievable level�.

�I think it has got a lot to do with Virat�s outstanding commitment besides his preparation. I don�t think he is any more talented than a KL Rahul or a Rohit Sharma but his commitment to prepare himself properly stands out. He is, for me, the cricketing equivalent of Cristiano Ronaldo,� Lara told PTI during an exclusive interaction.

�His fitness level and his mental strength is unbelievable.�

For the 50-year-old Lara, who scored nearly 12,000 runs in Test cricket, Kohli can fit into the best teams of any era � be it Clive Lloyd�s �Unbeatables� of the �70s or Sir Don Bradman�s �Invincibles� of 1948.

�His batting skills are unbelievable. He is a guy you cannot leave out in any era. If a guy is averaging 50 plus in all versions of the game, then that is something which is unheard of,� the legend said.

Another player Lara praised was English all-rounder Ben Stokes, who enjoyed a stellar run in the World Cup and the Ashes.

Lara himself has been a part of some of the most memorable fourth innings chases against Australia where he batted with the tailenders.

Therefore, it wasn�t surprising to see Lara gush about Stokes� Ashes-saving 135 not out at the Headingley. � PTI

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Kohli is cricketing version of Cristiano Ronaldo: Brian Lara

VISAKHAPATNAM, Dec 16: Virat Kohli is the cricketing equivalent of soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for his sheer commitment towards the game even though a KL Rahul can consider himself at par with the India captain in terms of talent, feels West Indies batting icon Brian Lara.

One of the greatest batsmen to have played the game and for many, the best left-hander of all-time along with Sir Garfield Sobers, Lara says he is in awe of how Kohli has honed his skills to take batting to an �unbelievable level�.

�I think it has got a lot to do with Virat�s outstanding commitment besides his preparation. I don�t think he is any more talented than a KL Rahul or a Rohit Sharma but his commitment to prepare himself properly stands out. He is, for me, the cricketing equivalent of Cristiano Ronaldo,� Lara told PTI during an exclusive interaction.

�His fitness level and his mental strength is unbelievable.�

For the 50-year-old Lara, who scored nearly 12,000 runs in Test cricket, Kohli can fit into the best teams of any era � be it Clive Lloyd�s �Unbeatables� of the �70s or Sir Don Bradman�s �Invincibles� of 1948.

�His batting skills are unbelievable. He is a guy you cannot leave out in any era. If a guy is averaging 50 plus in all versions of the game, then that is something which is unheard of,� the legend said.

Another player Lara praised was English all-rounder Ben Stokes, who enjoyed a stellar run in the World Cup and the Ashes.

Lara himself has been a part of some of the most memorable fourth innings chases against Australia where he batted with the tailenders.

Therefore, it wasn�t surprising to see Lara gush about Stokes� Ashes-saving 135 not out at the Headingley. � PTI