India Captain Virat Kohli

Melbourne: Batting legend Ricky Ponting feels India skipper Virat Kohli is the best one-day batsman in the world but it is not yet time to call him a great of the five-day format.

"Is he the best batsman in the world? Yeah, he probably is. I thought he was and he’s probably taken it to another level since then," Ponting said.

"Is it too premature to call him the best ever? You can probably say that right now as far as his one-day cricket is concerned. But let’s give him a few years yet in the Test side of things. It’s too early yet to be taking about him being one of the greats. I think the great players we always talk about — the Tendulkars, the Laras, the Kallises — those guys played 120, 130-200 Test matches. Virat’s not even halfway along that path," he said.