Hailing Virat Kohli as “ultra-talented”, former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting on Monday said the Indian Test cricket captain has got the attitude to be the best for the country.
Ponting said both Kohli and Australia skipper Steve Smith are at the same stage of their careers along with England’s Joe Root and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, but feels whoever plays mind games better will end up with a better career record.
“Virat probably got an edge with his ODI career. We have all seen how he played in the last Indian Premier League (IPL). He is an ultra-skilled and talented player but more importantly he has got the attitude to be the best he can be for his country and Smith is also in the same boat,” Ponting told reporters at an interaction here.
“I don’t really care who is the better between Kohli and Smith as long as they are playing well. Williamson or Root, all these are players who are probably on their same career path. Whoever masters the mind games well, will end up with the best career record,” he added.
Kohli has struck 37 international hundreds while Root, Smith and Williamson have 18, 20 and 21 centuries to their names respectively.
The 40-year-old Tasmanian, however refrained from making a comparison between Virat and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, calling the 26-year-old too young to make a comparison.
“Look lets wait for Virat to finish his career. He’s too young in his career to make any comparison with Sachin. If he gets a bad injury tomorrow, and not playing, so there is no comparison. Sachin played 200 Test matches while Virat has just played 60-70 matches,” he said.