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Long live Test cricket while we have Virat Kohli: Warne

September 08, 2021 15:55 IST

Virat Kohli

IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli celebrates after winning the fourth Test against England at The Oval in London. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Spin legend Shane Warne heaped rich praise on Virat Kohli, saying he has instilled self-belief in his team and hopes that the Indian skipper continues to play for a long time as it augurs well for Test cricket.


India recorded a fine 157-run win over England in the fourth Test at The Oval to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

They look up to him. He's got the respect of all the players. They back him and they play for him. It's important for a captain that a team plays for you. I think the way Virat conducts himself, we've all got to say, 'Thank You Virat'," former Australia player Warne said on Sky Sports.

"The way he's led them, he's made them believe; belief is such an important part of sports. If you don't believe, you won't succeed no matter how good a side you have.

"Kohli gives his team the belief and it's great to watch. Long live Test cricket while we have Virat Kohli. Please keep playing for a long long time," he added.

Kohli is India's most successful captain in Test cricket, having led the country to 38 victories out of 65 games he has led in.

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