Former Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews has recently picked up his favourite between the present top four batsmen in international cricket – Indian captain Virat Kohli, former Australian captain Steven Smith, England Test captain Joe Root and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.
Both are these four right-handed batsmen are the crucial batsmen for their respective teams. At present, they are togetherly called as fab four.
Recently, in an interview with Crictracker, the 33-year-old Sri Lankan all-rounder was asked to pick his best choice across formats between Virat Kohli, Steven Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson.
In reply, Mathews quoted, “I would go with Virat Kohli as he is one of the most consistent after Sangakkara.”
For a long time, Virat Kohli has maintained great consistency in batting in every cricket format, which is the result of his 50+ batting average in every international format. At present, the Indian captain is the no.1-ranked ODI batsman, no.2-ranked Test batsman and no.10-ranked T20I batsman.
We had our chances, but Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli batted really well: Angelo Mathews about the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final
On the other hand, Mathews was also asked about the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final. While India and Sri Lanka met in that game at the Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) on 2nd April 2011, Mathews missed that match due to the quadriceps muscle injury.
After winning the toss, Sri Lanka scored 274/6 (50 overs), thanks to Mahela Jayawardene’s century (103 not out). Though India lost both their openers cheaply (Virender Sehwag 0; Sachin Tendulkar 18), Gautam Gambhir (97), Virat Kohli (35), MS Dhoni (91*) and Yuvraj Singh (21*) played crucial knocks to successfully guide the team to the target in 48.2 overs after losing four wickets.
Mathews believes that Sri Lanka were 20-30 runs short as they could even score 320 runs. Though he felt that they still had chances to win that match, but Gambhir, Kohli and Dhoni took that game away from them.
Mathews said, “I still feel that if we had gotten about 320, we could’ve given a good fight even against India’s strong batting line-up. Indian wickets are flat as roads and when a batsman gets going, it can be really tough to stop him. India had a gun batting line-up as well. Wankhede is not a massive stadium, but the ball stays hit when you hit it and the pitch was also good.”
“We were short by about 20 to 30 runs. We had our chances, but Gautam (Gambhir) and Virat (Kohli) batted really well. Then, MS Dhoni joined them and finished it off. All in all, it was a good game.”