Kohli will face his real competition in South Africa: Bedi

Former India cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi was among the dignitaries at the relaunch of the Sportstar magazine.

Bishan Bedi with Malini Parthasarathy, Co-Chairperson of The Hindu Group.   -  THE HINDU

Spin legend Bishen Singh Bedi said India skipper Virat Kohli was yet to face real competition and the upcoming tour of South Africa would test his batting as well as captaincy skills.

Bedi praised P. V. Sindhu for her continued success against top players at the international level.

“Sindhu has achieved a lot over the years and I dare Virat Kohli would be struggling,” the former India cricket captain said.

“She has been competing with the best of the world, but Kohli will now be in competition with the best of world in South Africa. The tour of South Africa will be a test for Kohli,” Bedi added.

Bedi’s comments came at the relaunch of Sportstar magazine in a new, refreshed look.

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The magazine was relaunched by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore along with Bedi, hockey great Zafar Iqbal, national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and P. V. Sindhu. A host of other sporting dignitaries from various fields was also in attendance.

On the occasion, Malini Parthasarathy, co-Chairperson of The Hindu Group, said: “Sports journalism is uniquely placed in the sense that it plays out on a terrain that is less combative or confrontational than political or social journalism. There are fewer villains in sports journalism and more heroes.”