Legendary West Indies batsman, Sir Vivian Richards, has heaped praise on Virat Kohli after the Indian captain smashed a double hundred to put India in charge in the first Test against the West Indies in Antigua.
Kohli recorded his first Test double century at a ground named after the former West Indies batsman.
Speaking to bcci.tv, Richards said: “It was a magnificent hundred. To score a double hundred at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground is a formidable task in terms of what he has achieved,
“I remember when I met him at the hotel (before the Test series) I did say good luck, but I didn’t believe he would take it this far in terms of achieving a double.
“As a batsman myself, it was very pleasing to see and even though it was against the West Indies, I do appreciate seeing class and his was a classy knock.”
Kohli’s double hundred and a ton from Ravichandran Ashwin, helped india reach an imposing total of 566 for eight.
Richard’s was deeply impressed by Kohli’s hunger to do well: “He certainly has a magnificent appetite to perform. His talent is as good as any.
“Sometimes, we have seen talent fall by the wayside. Kohli has certainly maximized his talent in my opinion and taken it to the next level because of the fact of believing and the will he has and the desire to succeed.”