Virat Kohli one of the greatest I've played against - Shane Watson
Virat Kohli one of the greatest I've played against - Shane Watson

In a recent media interaction, former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson stated that Indian batsman and heartthrob Virat Kohli was one of the greatest players he played against. Watson, who bid adieu to international cricket post the ICC World T20 earlier this year, also included the names of AB De Villiers, Stuart Broad, and Dale Steyn as the best players he featured against.

Watson praised Kohli for his freakish batting skills and said that his control over the game situation was simply brilliant. Watson had similar words of appreciation for South Africa’s ODI skipper AB De Villiers. Watson pointed out the stand out factors for Kohli and De Villiers in his interaction as he said, “Seeing Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers just over the last little while, the things they do batting-wise I just incredible.” “The control Virat has is as good as I’ve seen,” said Watson.

“And the things that AB de Villiers consistently does to bowlers are hard to believe someone can actually do that.”The back foot cut shots over cover for six, how he can hit when he’s on – which is regularly – wherever he wants is just incredible,” Watson added, about De Villiers.

Praising South African pacer Dale Steyn for his lethal bowling skills, Watson said, “The one that consistently comes back is Dale Steyn, especially in Test cricket.” “Just how relentless he is with the new ball, he doesn’t really give you anything to hit, he swings the ball very late. “He’s got an incredible engine as well. His ability to keep coming back, his energy in his last spell when the ball starts doing something is pretty amazing. “You can see why he’s got the record that he does.”

All-rounder was also fully in awe of his Ashes rival Stuart Broad. “Stuart Broad I always found very challenging,” Watson said. “He’s always very accurate, always at my stumps consistently.”In Ashes Tests, especially in England, he ripped the heart out of us. “I can think of three times where the game was in the balance and he ripped the heart out of us; one in Durham in 2013, I wasn’t playing, but Trent Bridge last year, and then at The Oval, my first Ashes series in 2009.”He got four or five quick wickets and ripped the hearts out of us.  “He just had that ability and the teams I was in couldn’t stop the momentum.”

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