MS Dhoni laid the foundation for Virat Kohli by doing things in different manner: Brian Lara
Former West Indies batting maestro Brain Lara had nothing but absolute praise for Indian skipper Virat Kohli ahead of India's final meeting in the ongoing three-match Test series with South Africa on Thursday. While India, under their charismatic captain, will be eager to complete the whitewash of the Faf Du Plessis-led side in the third Test, Kohli can also dethrone Steve Smith from the top spot in the ICC batting rankings. The legendary West Indies batsman called Indian run machine (Kohli) as the 'Ultimate Captain' and also lavished praise at the potent pace bowling unit of his side. Often hailed as the torchbearer of Test cricket, Lara hailed Kohli during the launch Road Safety World Series - a tournament where he will be seen leading the West indies legends side.
The former West Indies skipper termed Kohli as the Ultimate Captain for his ability to lead the Indian side by an example and also for showcasing match-winning performances day in, day out with the bat. Since taking over the reins from MS Dhoni, Kohli has captained India in 50 Test matches and is currently enjoying the best success create in the history of red-ball cricket. Lara also credited Kohli's predecessor Dhoni for laying the foundation and doing things in an unprecedented manner.
"He's (Kohli) the ultimate captain. In terms of his performances, he leads by example. And I mean that in all facets of the game, and off the field too," Lara said in a statement, reports news agency PTI. India thrashed South Africa in Pune Test to confirm Kohli's 30th win in the longest format of the game as captain. The Indian skipper now has 17 test wins in 23 games at home and 13 wins in away assignments. "He came off very well in the background of MS Dhoni, who laid the foundation, and did things in a different way," Lara added.
According to the Windies batting legend, India's future under skipper Kohli is headed towards the right decision because it is under the influence of the best players in the business. "So, I think Indian cricket, as we all know, is headed in the right direction. It's influenced by some of the best people, and is reaping the benefits of it," he said.