Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Ahead of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), former India batsman Navjot Singh Sidhu terms star batsman Virat Kohli better than legendry cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni.

As per Sidhu, he rates Kohli as the best because of this quality to boss three formats which none of the Tendulkars and Gavaskars had to.

“I have rated him as the best Indian batter ever. There are eras where I would put up my transistor and listen to Gavaskar bat against the West Indies, those are the 70s. The great West Indies fast bowlers, bunking school and just going out one period and listening to how he was batting and without a helmet, that was his era. He dominated for almost 15-20 years. Then came Tendulkar, another era. Then came Dhoni, and then came Virat. If you look at four, I would rate him as the best because he has adapted to all three formats,” said Sidhu during an interaction.

“In the same way, his technical ability and the fittest of all of them. If you look at all four, he would be the fittest. Tendulkar had problems, in the latter stages of his career. Dhoni is fit, but Virat is super fit. That holds him in good stead. It elevates him to a level, a few notches higher, that others have not been able to achieve. The longevity factor, gives him a plus. The adaptability factor is Sone Pe Suhaaga,” Sidhu added.

Notably, Sidhu is all set to return to the commentary box in IPL 2024.