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Virat Kohli: the greatest batsman of the three-format era (and the nine players who follow)

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"I cannot think of one more format, to be honest." That was Virat Kohli’s answer when asked last month about the ECB’s proposals to pioneer a new 100-ball form of cricket.

In the interview, with Wisden Cricket Monthly, India’s captain said: "I feel somewhere the commercial aspect is taking over the real quality of cricket and that hurts me."

Far from being the cry of a traditionalist, this assessment was more a complaint against those expecting cricketers to spread themselves ever more thinly across multiple competitions and formats.

The quality of cricket Kohli refers to is not some nebulous "spirit of the game" ideal but rather the actual standard of play on offer. More formats would reduce…

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