New Delhi: From VVS Laxman to Sourav Ganguly, every former Indian cricketer has nothing but admiration for Virat Kohli.
The 27-year-old's work ethic, apart from his golden run with the bat, has deeply impressed some of Indian cricket's biggest names.
Being captain of India's side, also automatically makes the Delhi batsman the most important member of the team.
While the majority seems to believe this, World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev has a different view.
According to the legendary all-rounder, Ravichandran Ashwin is the most valuable member of the current Indian side.
"Since Ashwin started playing he has done unbelievably well. I never expected that somebody can come to this level."
"Harbhajan Singh bowled so well and claimed more than 400 Test wickets and suddenly Ashwin comes out and starts taking wickets and scoring runs. I think he (Ashwin) is the most important player the Indian team has right now," Dev told India Today.
The off-spinner has always been a potent weapon with the ball, but it is the improvement in his batting that has taken everyone by surprise.
In the Test series against West Indies, the Tamil Nadu cricketer hit two tons in yet another man-of-the-series performance.
In the upcoming series against New Zealand, Ashwin will be skipper Kohli's biggest trump card.