Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis believes Virat Kohli can “break all batting records in the years to come.”

“The way he is maintaining his fitness and the way he enjoys his game and focusses on his skill level, I think he is destined to break all batting records in the years to come,” Waqar said.

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The former fast bowler, who resigned as Pakistan’s head coach last year, said he rated Kohli highly because of his commitment to fitness and improving his batting skills. “The way I see it, he should go on to achieve a lot of batting records,” Waqar said.

‘Best batsman I bowled to’

Asked to compare Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara - the two greats of his time - Waqar said he rated the Indian maestro higher. “I played a lot against Tendulkar and he made his debut against us. Over the years I saw him become a thorough professional and I have not seen such a committed player. He was the best batsman I bowled to and it used to be a challenge.”

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He said Lara was naturally gifted and could be devastating on his day.

Waqar underlined the value of discipline; he said during his tenure as captain and coach he never compromised on discipline. “I always believe that unless you are disciplined, particularly in cricket sense, all your talent is of no use to your team.”