ICC World Cup 2019: Brian Lara Feels Virat Kohli is a Special Talent Who Has Taken Cricket to a Different Level
Former Windies skipper and one of the greatest batsman of all time Brian Lara has hailed Team India skipper Virat Kohli and has said that he is one of the finest cricketers ever to have graced the game of cricket. There is certainly no doubt about the fact that Kohli is the greatest batsman of the modern generation and Lara is of the opinion that Virat Kohli has totally changed the perception of the game.
In the last 8 years, Virat Kohli has emerged as the greatest batsman if not the best of all time. He is also one of the fittest players in world cricket and has also changed the perception of fitness in Indian cricket history. He will be one of the most important players for the Men in Blue in the upcoming showpiece event and his captaincy skills will also be on display for the first time in a 50 overs World Cup.
“He is a machine. He has brought a different cricketer to the table than what we were accustomed to back in the 80s and 90s. Fitness was always important, but it wasn’t as important as it has become now. For the amount of cricket that is being played, you got to be physically fit. He is someone who spends time in the gym and shows working on your fitness is the key. He is pretty much a run-machine.
“A guy is going out and scoring runs almost every single time he goes out to bat. Tendulkar to me is one of the greatest of all times and he had his opportunity and he left a great legacy so I wouldn’t want to compare the two. But Kohli is a special talent and is a great example for all the young and upcoming cricketers,” Brian Lara added.
Most of the pitches in the upcoming tournament are expected to produce dry wickets which will also help the bowlers with good slower deliveries up their sleeve. The weather in England always gives surprises and it could be the same this time around as well. Lara is of the opinion that the all-rounder bowling attack of India makes them one of the most competitive sides in the tournament. He also believes that India have a great chance of lifting their 3rd World Cup title.
“It all depends on the weather conditions and if the tracks are slow and dry, it will obviously help the spinners. But English weather is so unpredictable that you get a week of rain and you have green tracks. That is why I do like the Indian attack as they have got variety. They got good pace bowlers and spinners who can perform in any condition.
“It is hard to say what the conditions are going to be like, but I think the best performing team will be winning the World Cup and not ones who will wait for the perfect conditions. India and England are the two favourites and quite rightly so because of their performance,” he said.
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