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Brian Lara, one of the greatest cricketers of all-time, talked about how he will utilise the qualities of Virat Kohli to inspire his son if he plays any sport. While speaking at the Tiger Pataudi Memorial Lecture in Kolkata, the 54-year-old also lauded more plaudits on Virat Kohli, calling him the man who “changed the face of cricket.”

The comments from Brian Lara have come just a couple of weeks after Virat Kohli had a memorable ODI World Cup 2023 campaign with Team India, reaching the final of the competition at home. The former India captain scored 765 in 11 innings at an average of 95.62 in the CWC 2023, with three hundreds, including the 50th ton in ODI cricket, getting past his former teammate Sachin Tendulkar’s long-standing milestone.

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The former captain of the West Indies spoke about the commitment and dedication of Virat Kohli, which is something he will look to inculcate in his son if he pursues sporting excellence. Brian Lara was quoted as saying, as per the Times of India, “I have a son and I can tell you that if my son has to play any sport, I will be using Kohli's commitment and dedication to not just add to his strength, but whatever it takes to become a number one sportsman."

“First of all, for Virat Kohli, I know a lot of people will say or have already said that Kohli's performance does not matter as India did not win the World Cup. Team sport is about winning and you, as an individual player, have to have that as your No.1 target. But a subsidiary of team success is individual success, and this is what Kohli has given India match after match throughout the World Cup,” he added.

Virat Kohli changed the face of cricket: Brian Lara

During his speech at the Tiger Pataudi Memorial Lecture, Brian Lara used the word “true legacy” in describing the impact of Virat Kohli on cricket. He said, “What impresses me most about Kohli is his true legacy, for he has changed the face of cricket and how you prepare for the game. The discipline that he has stands out, always.”