Perth: Former England skipper Michael Vaughan believes India captain Virat Kohli is a better batsman across three formats than legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting.
Kohli on Sunday became the second fastest player to scorer 25 Test centuries. He achieved the feat in 127 innings, behind Sir Donald Bradman's 68 innings.
His 123-run innings was his sixth Test hundred on Australian soil, joining boyhood hero Sachin Tendulkar.
"I have not seen a better player. I'm not disrespecting Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara or Ricky Ponting but across three formats of the game I have not seen anyone better," Vaughan wrote about Kohli in his column for Fox Sports.
"He has such high skill levels and an incredible mentality when it comes to dealing with the pressure of the chase. All that while dealing with a weight of expectation and adulation that only Sachin would have experienced."
Vaughan also praised India's four-man pace attack.
"The concern for Australia is that so far in this Test match the Indians have managed to get more uneven bounce out of the pitch than the home bowlers. The quicks seem to be getting out-bowled by this highly skilled Indian four-man attack," he wrote.
Australian great Allan Border also lauded Kohli, saying the Indian skipper could surpass the likes Lara, Ponting and Tendulkar in the record books.
The 30-year-old Kohli has already scored 62 international centuries.
"I think by the time Kohli finishes he (could) statistically be equal or better than all those players," Border said.
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What many fans might not remember is that Tendulkar played his final international innings on 15 November, 2013, exactly 24 years after his debut. This makes the date special for all fans of the former batsman worldwide.