Michael Clarke Hails Virat Kohli as the ‘Greatest ODI Batsman’
Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke has effusively praised the majestic Virat Kohli for his burgeoning run in the international fold. Principally, Clarke believes the Team India skipper Kohli is the ‘greatest batsman’ to have graced the One-day International (ODI), in particular. So far, Kohli’s achievements have grabbed eyeballs far and wide, for his stellar show.
To add more to it, Kohli recently became the first-ever Indian and Asian captain—to clinch the historic Test series 2-1. He followed it by One-day International series triumph on the Australian soil.
“To me, Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman to have ever played one-day cricket. I have no doubts after seeing what he has achieved for India,” Clarke told Press Trust of India (PTI).
Moreover, the 30-year-old Kohli, who dominates the chart of Test and ODI format, has further set multiple feats on his back while being at the helm of the affairs in the Indian cricket.
So far, Kohli has aggregated 10,385 runs in 291 ODIs which is further comprised of 39 centuries. His consistency and urge to score runs his left opponents clueless at times.
Also, the 37-year-old New South Wales-born veteran Clarke, who himself featured in 245 ODIs for Australia, stated one should respect the way Kohli’s enthusiasm push his team to win the games.
“You have to respect Virat’s passion for winning games for his country,” Clarke pointed out.
While speaking highly of the top-order batsman Kohli, Clarke reiterated the former’s dedication level sets him apart. He added Kohli wears his heart on his sleeve and has already achieved desired results.
“Yes, he has aggression, but no one can question his commitment, how much he has achieved. He is the greatest in ODIs,” Clarke remarked.
Besides, Clarke who was the part of the broadcasting giant Sony Six’s expert panel also backed suspended Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Clarke added Pandya would be essential for India’s 2019 World Cup campaign.
Social media recently tore apart Pandya alongside teammate KL Rahul following the ‘sexism’ and ‘racist’ remarks on a TV show ‘Koffee with Karan’.
Clarke confident of Pandya to be picked for the World Cup:
In conclusion, Clarke who seconds the opinion of Ajit Agarkar feels Pandya lends the balance to the side. Clarke added he is sure on seeing Baroda-based all-rounder in Team India’s World Cup campaign in England.
“A talented player like Hardik is very necessary for the balance of the side. He can win games alone with his batting. And I am confident he will be in that World Cup squad,” Clarke concluded.
It would be interesting to see what would be the quantum of punishment from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for Pandya and Rahul.
With India in New Zealand to play the limited-overs competition, Kohli is eyeing to continue the dominance in the overseas conditions.
The series will kick off with the first One-dayer of the five-match series at Napier on January 23.
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