David Lloyd feels India skipper Virat Kohli is a more 'damaging' batsman than Sachin Tendulkar

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Lloyd believes Kohli's bat can do more damage than Sachin's ever did.

Popular television commentator and former England Test cricketer David Lloyd believes that India skipper Virat Kohli is a more ‘damaging’ batsman than Sachin Tendulkar.

The Indian skipper has been having an excellent time in England in India’s ongoing tour as he continues to make amends for his poor time in 2014. Kohli is currently the leading run-scorer in the five-match series by some distance with 440 runs in six innings at an average greater than 73.

“Sachin Tendulkar was aesthetically very pleasing, easy on the eye. But if I had to win a game I would have banked on Brian Lara and I see that trait in Kohli,” Lloyd was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

“He is a bit like Viv Richards too – he can absolutely dominate an era. Sachin was a great player but Kohli can inflict more damage.

“The way he (Kohli) constantly talks and inspires the bowlers is quite a treat.”

Kohli has already registered two tons in the ongoing series.

Kohli has already registered two tons in the ongoing series.

Popularly known as ‘Bumble’, Lloyd believes Kohli is a natural leader for the Indian team.

“He obviously gets the respect because he is a fabulous player, but you can see that the emotion apart, he is very honest with his players as well,” added Lloyd.

“There’s been a massive turnaround in this Indian team in the way quick bowlers have taken over completely and I feel Kohli is the perfect man to develop them. He looks a natural leader.”

Kohli and his men currently trail the five-match series 2-1 heading into the fourth Test at Southampton which gets underway on Thursday. The former England batsman feels India have the ability to pull off the impossible given England’s current batting woes.

“Well, no other team but for Don Bradman’s 1936 side has done it. So it will be difficult. But in England this season, teams getting 300 should be in a position to win and I believe India would be in the game,” Lloyd concluded.

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Kohli's winning rate makes him fourth most successful Test captain of all time

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Climbing up the ladder of success: Virat Kohli

India‘s emphatic 203-run win in the Trent Bridge Test against England was the culmination of some incredible individual and collective efforts.

For the second time in the series, captain Virat Kohli scored 200 runs in a Test. There were five wicket hauls for all-rounder Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah, plus fifties for Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Pandya.

India’s fast bowlers accounted for 19 out of the 20 wickets to fall, coming close to the feat they achieved in at the Wanderers Test earlier in the year when all their scalps were picked up by quicks.

The result not only brought India back into the series, making the scoreline 2-1, it also took captain Kohli past Sourav Ganguly on the all-time most successful Indian captains’ list.

Kohli now has 22 Test wins from 38 matches as captain. He has now gone past Ganguly, who had 21 wins from 49 matches, and is now only behind MS Dhoni (27 wins from 60 matches) when it comes to Indian skippers.

However, Kohli’s winning percentage has already catapulted him into the all-time successful captains’ list. Kohli’s winning percentage of 57.8 per cent puts him fourth on the all-time list among captains who have led in at least 30 Tests.

Australian great Steve Waugh leads the way with a win percentage of 71.9 (41 wins from 57 Tests), followed by fellow Aussie Ricky Ponting on 62.3 (48 wins from 77 matches) and English tactician Mike Brearley on 58.06 (18 wins from 31 games).

West Indies great Viv Richards had a win percentage of 54, with 27 victories in 50 Tests.

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Virat Kohli smacks 23rd Test century with 103 in second innings for India

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Virat Kohli managed to do what he couldn’t in the first innings as he crossed the century mark on the third day of the third Test against England at Trent Bridge.

After falling on 97 in India’s first innings, the captain survived a dropped catch to make 103 before being dismissed.

The drop came when Kohli was on 93 and edged a drive off James Anderson, right through Keaton Jennings’ hands and legs. Kohli also edged the next ball, but it fell short of Alastair Cook at first slip.

Kohli’s 100 came up shortly after as he sent Chris Woakes‘ delivery to the boundary to bring up his 23rd Test century and his second in the past three Test matches against England, joining his 149 in the opener at Edgbaston.

He couldn’t last much longer, however, as Woakes’ captured his wicket with an lbw, which left India at 261 for four and a massive lead of 449.

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