The ever increasing list of Virat Kohli’s admirers has one more name to it- former Australian pacer Geoff Lawson. Heaping praise on the Indian batting sensation, Lawson said that Kohli is is “arguably the number one batsman in the world”.
“Kohli at the moment, is arguably the number one batsman in the world. He is in the form of his life. I was impressed with him when I saw him on the first tour to Australia (in 2011-12),” Lawson told reporters here on Saturday.
“He was (among) the few Indian batsmen who took on the challenge of playing on the bouncy Australian wickets,” said the former Australia fast bowler, who is on a short coaching sting at the Payyade Sports Club in suburban Kandivili.
Referring to India’s disastrous tour to Australia in 2011-12, the former pacer said that Kohli’s desire to perform well in every condition was outstanding. Virat Kohli’s form was the only positive for India on that tour as they were blanked by 4-0 by the Aussies.
“You can see in his face, he took it on as a personal challenge to be good on those pitches. While the other batsmen including (Sachin) Tendulkar, were sort of failing around him, Kohli really relished something different. For him it is not good just playing in India, you need to (be) good all over the world,” Lawson added.
Lawson, who took 180 wickets in 46 Tests and 88 in 79 ODIs , said that he would not like to bowl to Kohli at the moment.
“I wouldn’t like to be bowling to him in the IPL. It is difficult to get him out and if you do so, you have to get out AB de Villiers and Shane Watson (who both bat in the top order for RCB) as well,” quipped Lawson.