Kapil Dev: Don Bradman would have been like Virat Kohli in modern era

India's first World Cup-winning captain, Kapil Dev places Virat Kohli and Australian legend Sir Don Bradman in the same class of players.

Virat Kohli recently broke Sir Don Bradman and former Indian batsman Rahul Dravid’s joint-record of scoring three double centuries in consecutive Test series. Kohli made his fourth double hundred against Bangladesh in one-off Test, and with it, he broke several records with his double hundred at Hyderabad.

India’s World Cup winning legendary all-rounder, Kapil Dev compares Captain Kohli to Don Bradman. Kohli’s recent performances have attracted heaps of praises from all around the world. Not only his batting but his captaincy too has impressed critics all around the world.

Kohli-led Indian side registered their sixth series win on the trot. India has not been beaten in 19 consecutive Tests. Forget about Bradman if India gets through the Australia series, Kohli will surpass Ricky Ponting’s record for unbeaten 22 Tests as a captain.

Dev told a leading news-publishing website, “You can’t expect a player to score 10 double centuries in 10 matches but scoring four double tons in 8-10 matches is incredible. I still feel he could have scored a triple century against Bangladesh in Hyderabad because he has it in him to go past that milestone. Hopefully, we will see that against Australia.”

Dev also imagined the scenario where Bradman would be batting in the same era as Kohli, he said, “We all have heard stories about Don Bradman, the records that he has and how well he used to bat. But when people say that ‘Had the Don played in this era, he would have been very much like Virat,’ one can very well imagine how great Don would have been.”

He also talked about the upcoming Test series against Australia at home.

“I personally feel Australia will be a bigger challenge, but I don’t think Virat feels that way. I hope Virat is right and I am wrong. I believe this team has more strength to dominate the bowlers but it also depends on the pitches. Three of these venues—Pune, Ranchi and Dharamsala—will host a Test match for the first time. So, we don’t know how the pitches will behave,” he added.