Virat Kohli not great until he scores runs in England, says Michael Holding

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Virat Kohli not great until he scores runs in England, says Michael Holding

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Former West Indian pacer Michael Holding believes that Virat Kohli is one of the top three cricketers in the world, but has to score in England in order to be called "great". Holding has also added that Kohli still has some work to do in order to become a more calm and composed captain.

After recently being awarded the ICC cricketer of the year award and the Sir Garfield Sobers award, Kohli has managed to add a few more trophies to his trophy cabinet. India emerged as the world's best Test side in 2017 under Kohli, with an unbeaten series winning streak at home. However, the only chink in his armour was his failure in England in 2014 that he would try to rectify in the upcoming England tour in July and August.

But Holding feels that the 29-year old needs to perform in England in order to prove his mettle and earn the title of ‘great’. 

"Virat Kohli is a fantastic batsman. I was asked to name three top cricketers and I included Kohli in that list. He is a very very good player. When I see him score runs in England, I would call him a great player. I like people who score runs everywhere. He is an extremely good player," Holding said in an interview with Mumbai Mirror.

With India facing an imminent series loss at the hands of the South Africans, the need for a strong central figure is extremely evident. Kohli, who was the only Indian batsman to score a century in the two Test matches, needs to help steady the ship and guide his squad.

“The three cricketers I think are the best now are Joe Root, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith. AB de Villiers has just come back into Test cricket and let’s see how he does. I don’t want to include him yet in that list.” added Holding.

"He is very emotional about his cricket. He means everything he wants to do. In time he will learn. Because he has been so successful since he took over, it is hard for him to change. He has to see other view points and arrive at consensus. But as a captain, he has some work to do. I don't want to condemn him too much because I like to have my own way as a captain. I like to be given the team I want all the time. But it is still not the right way to go."

"There got to be discussions with the wiser heads from time to time, come to conclusions and flesh out different arguments. I get an impression that he is getting what he wants." Holding added.

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