Ricky Ponting shed praise on Indian batting great Virat Kohli as the latter accomplished a massive feat on Sunday. Kohli leveled his 49th ODI century with Sachin Tendulkar while batting against South Africa in the ongoing ICC Men’s World Cup 2023 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Kohli’s 49th century came after a knock of 101 off 120 balls and he steered India to score 326/5 in 50 overs. Former Australian skipper and cricket legend Ricky Pointing shed praise on Kohli but with a twist.
Pointing has always been a fan of Master Blaster’s batting. But, he recently called the Indian batter ‘absolute best’.
“There is no doubt he is the absolute best and I have said that for a long time. He didn’t need to equal Sachin’s record, he doesn’t need to break the record. If you look at his overall batting record it is incredible. To think that he got 49 ODI hundreds and equaled Sachin and in 175 less innings is unbelievable,” Hindustan Times quoted Ponting commenting on Kohli’s innings while speaking to ICC.
“That might be a bit of a monkey off his back. I think he has been working extra hard to equal Sachin’s record. That’s done now and it has happened at a really good time at the tournament for him. One more game to go and then they head into the semi-finals. It was an almost perfect day for Virat and a great day for India,” Pointing added.