Kohli heading in the right direction: Gavaskar

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Published: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 12:55 [IST]
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Gavaskar praises Kohli's self-belief

New Delhi, Feb 29: Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar has praised Virat Kohli for his amazing knock and has said, the youngster has tremendous self belief and is moving in the right direction.

Kohli's century at a breath-taking pace, guided India to a victory to stay afloat in the series as they chased a mammoth 321 within 37 overs to gain a bonus point.

"It was nice to see that Virat is now converting those good looking 20's and 30's into brilliant 100. Although it's just one match, it is absolutely magnificent effort to chase down a target in 36.4 overs," Gavaskar said.

Gavaskar compared the Delhi lad's maturity with other cricketing legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, when they were young.

"Virat has plenty of self belief and also great skills. Well, I have seen Sachin and Rahul also play some great innings at the Test level at this age. Virat has also got it all. The thing I liked about him today was his gesture after scoring a century and also the winning runs. It was not an angry gesture but something he felt happy. That's how it should be. You shouldn't be angry when you have scored a century but be happy," Gavaskar said.

Taking nothing away from a fabulous win, Gavaskar didn't forget to mention that "the attack at Hobart was a sub-continental one. But the Indian batsmen showed that they are world champions. They were super-charged today although the bowling looked a bit lethargic," he said.

Apart from praising Kohli, Gavaskar also expressed his views on the team selection for Asia Cup that is due on Wednesday.

"Selection committee should ideally look ahead at the 2015 World Cup and select a team accordingly,"he said.

"I don't want changes for the sake of it. If there are players who have done well not just in one tournament but for a season, one can obviously think about him."


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