India vs Australia: Kohli continues to be my favourite, says Sir Viv Richards

The legendary West Indian said it's a great opportunity for the Virat Kohli-led India to register a series win in Australia.

On what makes this Indian team different from the previous ones, Viv Richards felt that they are led by example.   -  BCCI Twitter

West Indies batting great Sir Viv Richards has showered praise on India captain Virat Kohli and said that he will 'pay to watch him in action.'

“Oh! He (Kohli) continues to be my favourite. He is such a little fellow but always punching above his weight. A remarkable cricketer who doesn’t show his cheek, very aggressive," Richards said.

"And, he will be capping off wonderful times he has been having if he wins the Test series in Australia,” he added.

On what makes this Indian team different from the previous ones, Richards felt that they are led by example.

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“I remember the days when the poor fellows were timid. But, not anymore. If you engage them verbally too, they will give back to you. This comes when you have a strong captain and the juniors just follow you,” he explained.

The 66-year-old felt that there was nothing wrong with sledging as long it didn't get personal and upset an individual. “But, I love confrontations in the true spirit. That’s why a strong captain like Virat is needed,” he said.

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A heavy price

Asked about the ball-tampering incident which threw Australian cricket into pandemonium earlier this year, Richards said, "Australians will have to pay a heavy price for the ball tampering controversy. They were found guilty, were caught and there is no way out."

“This is a great opportunity for India to win the Test series even if they are up against Aussies in the second Test now. If they don’t grab it now, I doubt whether they will ever do it again,” he said.

“Remember Indians had some greats like Kapil Devs, Gavaskars playing in Australia but never won a Test series. So, I think my favourite Kohli as captain will lead the team to realise that big dream,” Richards said.