Brett Lee, fast bowling legend reckons India captain Virat Kohli is getting better with age and not only does he have great batting skills, but he’s also got a ‘great cricket brain’ too.
Virat Kohli will be leading his men in the final of the ICC World Test Championship later this month when they face New Zealand in Southampton.
Brett Lee: Virat Kohli Got Incredible Record Which Gets Better With Age
Cricketer-turned-commentator Brett Lee has warned Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the build-up to the ICC World Test Championship final. He feels that India skipper Virat Kohli will rise to the occasion as India aims to clinch the inaugural World Test Championship title in England.
Speaking to ICC, Lee said, “When you look at the recent greats, it is hard to look past Virat Kohli (favourite batter). What an incredible record he has got. He is only getting better with age. He has got a great mindset, a great cricket brain as well.”
He also picked his favourite batsman and bowler. He chose India captain Virat Kohli as his favourite while he voted Australia’s Pat Cummins as his favourite bowler. Unsurprisingly, Brett Lee felt that it is tough to choose someone other than Virat Kohli.
Kane Williamson has scored 7,115 runs from 83 Tests with the best score of 251. In fact, Kane Williamson has a better Test average than Indian counterpart skipper Virat Kohli (54.31). He owns 24 tons and four double-centuries.
Brett Lee: Virat Kohli Steps Up On The Big Occasions
The immense popularity of cricket in India means Virat Kohli is always under scrutiny but the pressure that comes along only helps him take his game to another level, feels Brett Lee.
“Kohli, he is such a dynamic player, such a great influencer for the team, world-class batter. We know that that’s a given. But I think that with his emphasis on how important Test cricket is to him, and his team, and his nation, it is going to weigh in very heavily on him and that will improve his performance,” Brett Lee said.
“We know that Kohli steps up on the big occasions. And, as you mentioned, he wants to see his side be the first winners of the ICC World Test Championship. It means a lot to him,” he added.
The WTC final is slated to get underway from June 18 and the India squad, which arrived in the UK earlier this week, is currently undergoing hard quarantine before being allowed to train.
“Once everything is said and done, once the preparations are done, when they arrive there when the quarantine is done, just before they walk out, I think that will be the last comment – Let us enjoy it but let us become the first side to ever to win this ICC World Test Championship,” Lee said.
Virat Kohli has been on two tours of England since he made his Test debut for India. In the first tour in 2014, he was all over the place, scoring just 134 runs from 10 innings, statistically the India captain’s worst in a three-Test series or more. However, four years later, Virat Kohli turned it around in style, scoring a mammoth 593 runs from five Tests, including two centuries and three fifties.
India is set to travel to the UK for a long tour. They first face New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship in Southampton starting June 18 before proceeding to play hosts England in a five-Test series starting August 4. India has faced defeats in their last three Test tours of England. They last won a Test series in the UK in 2007.