Virat Kohli as Roger Federer of Cricket: AB de Villiers

CHENNAI: Having shared the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) dressing room with Virat Kohli for the past nine years AB de Villiers He has closely observed the rise of the Indian captain to the top of the world of cricket.

The 36-year-old South African feels that Kohli is a natural forward of the ball and compares his style to that of Roger Federer .

He was asked to compare Kohli to the number 1 hitter in the Cricket Test. Steve Smith during an Instagram live chat with Pommie Mbangwa de Villiers explained why Kohli's game reminded him of the Swiss tennis genius.

Kohli is more of a natural ball forward. It is like Federer. Smith is more like (Rafael) Nadal, he is mentally very strong. He's figured out a way to score runs, it doesn't seem too natural but he manages to break it up. However, Kohli has scored runs around the world and it's my choice, de Villiers said.

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Such has been Kohli's skill and form in recent years that he is already poised to break Sachin Tendulkar Numerous hitting records. De Villiers weighed in on the debate saying Kohli is better than Tendulkar when it comes to pursuing goals.

Tendulkar has been a role model for both of them, the way he stood out in his day and the things he gracefully accomplished is a great example for any young man to follow. Kohli will also say that he (Tendulkar) is the main man and he set the standards. But personally I think Kohli is the best when it comes to chases. Tendulkar was incredible in all situations, but in terms of chasing under pressure, Virat beats him. No target is certain when Virat is hitting, De Villiers, who retired from international cricket in 2018, said.