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Former Pakistan cricketer Abdul Razzaq makes big claim about Virat Kohli

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 5 December 2019, 14:23 IST

Former Pakistan cricketer Abdul Razzaq reckons that current Indian captain Virat Kohli is a consistent batsman but he cannot be set side by side with Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.

The 40-year-old said there is a shortage of world-class players in mordern cricket and there is no toughness in depth for team throughout the world. He elucidated that while Virat Kohli is a good cricketer, he belongs to a separate class than Sachin.

“If you speak to players from 1992 to 2007, they will tell you what cricket was,” Razzak said in a video interview to Cricket Pakistan. “There were world class players at that time. Now there are no longer world class players. There is no depth in bowling, batting or fielding. It is all basic now.”

“If Virat Kohli scores, he scores. Yeah, he is a good player for them and is performing consistently, but you cannot place him in the same category as Sachin Tendulkar. He belongs to a different category,” Razzaq added.

During the same interview, the Pakistani all-rounder also talked about India’s go-to bowler Jasprit Bumrah. Calling the Indian pacer a ‘baby bowler’, Razzaq asserted that he would have without a doubt bossed around Bumrah.

“I have played world class bowlers all across the world. I have no issues in facing Jasprit Bumrah. The pressure will be on him if I am in front of him. Because when you have faced bowlers like Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram or Shoaib Akhtar, you gain confidence. Bumrah is a ‘baby bowler’ for me. I can easily dominate him. Even he knows that this player has faced all these great bowlers in his time,” Razzaq said.

“Bumrah is doing good as per the current lot of players and he has improved a lot. He has an awkward action, and he runs awkwardly, but his ball release is tremendous. It falls on the seam. Hence, he is effective,” he added.

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First published: 5 December 2019, 14:18 IST