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Virat Kohli above peers, destined for greatness: Kumar Sangakkara

NEW DELHI: India captain Virat Kohli is definitely ahead of his contemporaries and destined for greatness, former Sri Lankan batting stalwart Kumar Sangakkara has mentioned.

Run-machine Kohli capped a memorable 2018 through turning into the first to win the International Cricket Council's (ICC) cricketer, Test and one-day international (ODI) player of the yr awards ultimate month.

Considered part of the elite group additionally that includes Kiwi Kane Williamson, Australian Steve Smith and England's Joe Root, Kohli has surged ahead after a wonderful 2018 and is recently the top-ranked Test in addition to one-day batsman.

"Everything about Virat's game stands out. I think he is head and shoulders above anyone else in world cricket today," Sangakkara instructed a information channel.

"And I think going forward, he will be one of the greatest ever cricketers, if not the greatest ever," mentioned the Sri Lankan batting nice.

With 39 centuries from 222 ODIs, Kohli is 2nd handiest to compatriot Sachin Tendulkar -- who scored 49 from 463 -- in the century-makers' checklist of 50-over internationals.

He has additionally scored 25 masses in 77 Tests.

Sangakkara is amazed through Kohli's skill to be triumphant across formats.

"He has this incredible knack of scoring runs and has a very, very solid method that he believes in..." mentioned the former Sri Lanka captain.

"... if you see the tempo he bats with, it hardly changes. He does read the situation very well. He is a very passionate guy, you see that in his expressions on the field... it's the overall aspect of both the person and how he has sorted his batting and his attitude," he added.

Sangakkara's former team-mate Mahela Jayawardene lauded how Kohli treated the force of leading the team of a cricket-mad country of one.3 billion.

"It's not just about the ability Virat has but to understand the way to handle pressure not just on the field but also off the field, and the expectations," mentioned Jayawardene.

"We grew up with Sachin who had to perhaps experience the same thing. And for the next generation, it's probably on Virat's shoulders..." he added.

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