Sir Viv Richards: Virat Kohli plays like me

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There can be no greater praise in cricket than for Sir Viv Richards to compare a player to his esteemed self, and Indian batsman Virat Kohli must consider himself fortunate to receive such reverence from the West Indies legend.

Kohli has three half-centuries for Royal Challengers Bangalore in this season's Indian Premier League, including a top score of 93 not out 47 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Richards has been impressed with his imposing performances.

Richards established himself as arguably the most destructive batsman ever in the West Indies' all-conquering sides of the 1970s and 1980s, and sees something of himself in the way Kohli dominates opposition bowling attacks.

"I love watching Virat Kohli bat. He looks to me like an individual of my own heart. I love his aggression, and [he has] serious passion that I used to have. He reminds me of myself," Richards, a recently appointed ambassador to the Delhi Daredevils, told PTI.

"He is an individual who doesn't back off from confrontation; someone who can stand his ground under pressure. I love that as you can't teach these instinctive aspects."

Kohli, 24, has scored four centuries and six fifties in his 18 Test matches for India - with his 1175 runs coming at an average of 41.96 - but it is in the shorter formats of the game during the middle-order batsman has excelled.

The Delhi-born star has an impressive 13 ODI hundreds, along with 22 half-centuries, and has scored his runs at an average of almost 50 during 98 appearances for his country.

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