Former Australia captain Kim Hughes believes that with his technique and stance, Virat Kohli would have been successful even against fast bowlers like Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding of the seventies and eighties. He also said that the standard of Test batting has fallen in the current times. Hughes, who played 70 Tests in the seventies and eighties, was considered a stylish batsman of his time but did not play later due to poor form.
He told PTI, “Virat Kohli would have been a great player in any era because he has tremendous technique and courage. He would have played well in any era.” According to Hughes, there is no one bigger and better than Sir Vivian Richards but Kohli is in the next generation. He said, “Kohli would have been equally successful against the Caribbean team of the seventies and eighties. Not like Viv but still great. Viv is at the top but Virat definitely would have been in the group of Greg Chappell, Allan Border and Javed Miandad.
He believes that the batsmen of the current era are facing technical problems due to T20 cricket. He said, “T20 cricket has damaged the technique of the batsmen. Most of the Test batsmen of this era would not know how to play on the back foot. Due to limited overs cricket, he has become accustomed to playing only on the front foot.