Virat Kohli on par with legends Tendulkar, Dravid, Ponting and Lara: Sourav Ganguly

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Ganguly praised Kohli not only displayed amazing control but also the ability to adjust to the changing scenarios in the game.

Virat Kohli's unbeaten 160 runs received praises from former skipper Sourav Ganguly (Photo: AFP)

Mumbai: Former India skipper turned commentator Sourav Ganguly has compared current Team India skipper Virat Kohli to some of the greats who have played the gentleman's game.

Kohli, currently leading the side in South Africa, has been in tremendous form with the bat scoring two centuries and a half-century in three matches of the six-match ODI series so far. The dashing right-hander received praises from all quarters after scoring an unbeaten 160 in the third ODI to help Team India win.

Ganguly in his column in The Times of India praised the Men in Blue's performance. “It has been a superb performance from India. To see them 3-0 up in a six-match ODI series in South Africa, especially after losing the Test series, speaks volumes of the character shown by Virat Kohli and his boys," said the legendary skipper.

While praising Virat Kohli’s performance he added that Kohli belongs to the league of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara.

Ganguly was also surprised with the intensity shown by Kohli during batting he added, "I have been fortunate enough to play with and against the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Ricky Ponting, and Brian Lara, and this man is right up there with all of them. What stands out for me is not just his amazing control and his ability to adjust but also the energy and intensity he brings to his batting in each and every innings," he explained.

The 29-year-old's unbeaten century in the third ODI saw him breaking records. He went past Ganguly to become the Indian ODI captain with most hundreds to his name.

"To get to 34 ODI centuries so quickly in his career is just out of the world. The fact that no other Indian batsman has touched a three-figure mark so far on this tour and only one South African has got a century shows what quality of batsmanship Kohli has displayed on this trip. And we still have a while to go!" said Ganguly after Kohli's record-breaking performance.