Veteran South African batsman AB de Villiers on Saturday lauded Virat Kohli as India hammered England by an innings and 25 runs in the 4th Test to qualify for the final of the World Test Championship.
After losing the first Test by a demoralizing 227 runs, the hosts fought back made a spectacular comeback and dominated the touring party to win the four-match series 3-1.
With this win, Virat Kohli leapfrogged former Australian skipper Steve Waugh to take the 3rd spot on the list of captains with the most home wins. He also equalled Ricky Ponting’s record of leading his side in 10 successive Test series wins.
Team India also overtook New Zealand as the No. 1 Test team. Both teams will now meet in the WTC final, slated to be played from June 18-22. The cricketing fraternity was in awe of Kohli’s captaincy after the hosts wrapped up the proceedings on Day 3.
AB de Villiers, his RCB teammate, took to Twitter to praise Kohli shortly after India’s win and lauded him for his leadership skills.
“Kohli’s leadership this test match allowed young guns like Axar, Rishabh and Washie to play with freedom and dominate the game. It takes a special leader to elevate other players around them through body language and passion when their personal performance has been down,” he wrote.