Comparing Kohli to Viv Richards is taking it too far

One of our commenters, BG, wrote us this strong, interesting comment to the article titled – Virender Sehwag, the ODI enigma: Ayaz Memon– which we have now published as a separate post. According to our policy, we edit out sentences that are directed at the author, but this comment is published as is.

by BG

I have great respect for Ayaz Memon's cricketing views. However, I beg to disagree with him here about Virender Sehwag. Yes, he is an enigma in that he has tasted success less and failure once too often. Too bad for India. One can quite easily predict the number of times he would fail out of 10. Try predicting the likes of Barry Richards or Matt Hayden (in later years) where consistency and success is, well almost, totally guaranteed.

Kohli has the technique and temperament, but is he a Viv Richards? AFP

No matter what you say, Sehwag is devoid of any skills that are required to make a good and consistent batsman. His bloated reputation primarily stems from the ridiculously news starved media (especially the visual media) obsessed with heroes where none exist. (Imagine CNN-IBN having a prime-time group discussion to ban fast cars after a Lamborghini crash in Delhi – probably the only fast car crash in India I have heard in my whole life).

As regards Virat Kohli, I like the way he plays and am sure, in time, he can only succeed and become a prolific and consistent batsman. But to say Memon is reminded of Vivian Richards is taking it too far. It will take some beating and straightening before he comes anywhere near Viv Richards. He has got the technique which needs to be perfected and must display temperament which is vital to the growth of any cricketer, be it Test, One-dayers, or T20.

We always tend to put the horse before the cart. I would suggest Virat Kohli be allowed to grow naturally and request the media gauge him after some very good, solid, consistent performance.