Do you remember a technically correct legendary batsman with a beard in Pakistan Cricket? Assuming you have guessed it right, it is Mohammad Yousuf who has been the enormous wicket to knock down for the opposition has quoted that Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman are the best when compared to Virat Kohli.
Yousuf felt that cricket has changed a lot nowadays which is at his best in old days. Mohammad Yousuf personally feels that Virat Kohli is a great batsman and admitted that he loves to watch him play but comparing to the change in cricket, he rated yesteryear legends Sachin, Dravid and Laxman a bit higher than Virat Kohli irrespective of the records.
Virat Kohli is not in the same league of Sachin or Dravid: Yousuf
While speaking to Pakistani channel Geo Super, he quoted that ”The quality of cricket nowadays does not match the quality we had in the past. Virat Kohli is a very good batsman and I like to watch him play but I don’t think he is in the same league of Tendulkar, Dravid or Laxman.”
“Some might not agree but I don’t think today we have the same quality bowlers or batsmen that we had when I played. Look at Australia’s present bowling lineup they have no one to match Glenn McGrath or Shane Warne, India had Anil Kumble, Srinath and some very good bowlers. South Africa and West Indies also had strong bowling attacks while Sri Lanka relied heavily on Muralitharan,” Yusuf stated.
A reason why Sachin, Dravid and Laxman are greater than Virat Kohli:
Mohammad Yousuf stated that the bowling department and pitches changed a lot compared to yesteryear cricket. Nowadays mostly pitches are batting favourable which is making bowling harder.
“Yes, they are getting runs but against weaker opposition and on similar pitches. I think Tendulkar and Dravid are greats because they scored runs against quality bowlers and teams. To get runs against the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar or Saqlain Mushtaq was no joke,” he added.
”I always thought Tendulkar and Dravid were perfectionists and spent so much time on improving their game. I learnt from them. I am not saying Virat is not a class act. He is, but times have changed now,” he inferred.
Mohammad Yousuf had a dramatic journey during his cricketing days. He was banned for a period of time by PCB citing fixing concerns but the trustable Yousuf was not impressed with the serve of the ban and gave his resignation. However, PCB came back to Yousuf asking him to take back his resignation as Pakistan batting is reeling in troubles those days.