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Miandad hails Kohli a genius and the world's best

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Virat Kohli Virat Kohli, who scored his 34th ODI hundred on Wednesday, also became the Indian captain with most ODI centuries. File photo: IANS

Indian captain Virat Kohli has been simply sensational with the bat of late. Kohli set up India's thumping win over South Africa in the third One-Day International (ODI) with a masterful unbeaten 160 in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Now, former Pakistan captain and and top batsman of the 80s Javed Miandad has showered praise on Kohli by hailing the 29-year-old as a "genius who is the best batsman in the world".

In an interview to a Pakistani website, Miandad pointed out Kohli's technical prowess and uncanny knack to rescue India from difficult situations and guide them home as the hallmark of a great batsman.

“In Kohli's case his batting method is what allows him to score runs not just once but almost every time he comes in to bat. If a batsman's technique is bad, he can put some runs on the board once in a while, but he will not be able to do that consistently which is exactly true in Kohli's case. To me the mark of a great batsman, like Kohli is the fact that he can vary his technique by quickly understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the bowlers. Kohli is a genius who is the best batsman in the world," said Miandad, who scored 7,381 runs at an average of 41.70 in 233 ODIs.

Goes past Dada

Kohli, who scored his 34th ODI hundred on Wednesday, also became the Indian captain with most ODI centuries. The stylish right-hander surpassed Sourav Ganguly's tally of 11 ODI tons as Indian captain.

Kohli, who is one one of the fittest players in world cricket, also had the honor of becoming the first Indian batsman to run 100 runs during an ODI innings during his match-winning knock at Newlands.

He scored 100 out of 160 runs by running and only 60 came from boundaries. In all, he ran 75 singles, 11 doubles and one three besides 12 boundaries and two sixes in his 159-ball knock.

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