Ravi Shastri gives a cheeky reply when asked about Virat Kohli's batting

Feb 18, 2018, 10:43 IST | PTI

Ravi Shastri is famous for his tongue-in-cheek replies and had a word of advice for a scribe, who asked him if there is a new moniker that can be attributed to describe India captain Virat Kohli's greatness

Ravi Shastri. Imaging: Ravi Jadhav
Ravi Shastri. Imaging: Ravi Jadhav

Ravi Shastri is famous for his tongue-in-cheek replies and had a word of advice for a scribe, who asked him if there is a new moniker that can be attributed to describe India captain Virat Kohli's greatness. Kohli has racked up three more ODI hundreds in India's 5-1 series win against South Africa and people are finding it hard to come up with
new phrases to describe his batting.

"I have a tip for you. If I was in your position, I know what I would be doing tomorrow. I would go to the bookstore and buy the latest Oxford dictionary, just to improve my vocabulary (in praise of Kohli)," Shastri said in jest. Famous for his cliched one-liners during commentary like "tracer bullets" and "just what the doctor ordered", Shastri sounded every bit like a broadcaster when asked about kind of impact Kohli has had on the series.

"Huge (impact)! As a batsman? Fabulous — over 500 runs in six matches against a South African attack. Do I have to say anything more?" Shastri replied with his
customary smug. Kohli along with Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Steven Smith are considered to be the four top batsmen in world cricket but Shastri feels that the Indian skipper is in a league of his own.

"It's not just about averages, it is the way you get runs, when you get it, and the impact those runs have on what the team does. I would simply say he is the best batsman in the world now," Shastri said. "Entire credit should go to the leader because he has led from the front, first with his batting and then as I said with his intensity, which makes other people in the team also up the ante," he added.

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