Former India legend Kapil Dev has tipped Virat Kohli to break West Indian cricketer Brian Lara's record of scoring 400 runs in a test. Kohli who is the captain of India's test team, recently scored his maiden double ton, when he smashed 200 against West Indies during their innings and 92 run win at Antigua. Lara, who is one of the greatest batsmen in cricketing history, holds the world record for the highest individual score by a batsman scoring 400* against England in 2004.
Dev, who is regarded as one the greatest all-rounders of the game, led India to the 1983 World Cup win. He feels that if there is one person who can break the record then it is the current Indian test skipper.
"Mark my words. Virat Kohli will make 400 runs in a test match. Remember I said this first. There has been tremendous improvement in Kohli. Still I would say, at his age Sachin Tendulkar was more talented. But then he had that mental block. He would get to a hundred and then get into a rut. But Kohli is a type who will tear an attack apart," Kapil said as quoted by zeenews.
"With so many test matches coming up this season (India will play 17 this season), I am sure Kohli will find the perfect pitch on which he could threaten the world record 401. I know many pitches will be turners in the home season, but I am sure Kohli will get one or two perfect pitches. I am sure one day soon the record will be in danger," he added.
Kohli, who is 27 years old, has played 42 test matches so far, scoring 3,194 runs at an average of 46.28 with 12 centuries to his name with a top score of 200.