Paddy Upton is in Awe of Virat Kohli on Becoming World’s Premium Batsman
Former conditioning and mental health coach of Team India Paddy Upton, who’s been part of the 2011 World Cup-winning Men in Blue’s support staff, is in awe of Virat Kohli’s dominance with the bat. He conceded Kohli has had proved his mettle with his sheer consistency since his emergence into the international fold in 2008.
Kohli, who improved leaps and bounds before becoming India’s skipper across formats, has impressed one an all. At the top, he has been a batting mainstay for India given to his potential which has been hailed by South Africa-based Upton.
Upton has himself witnessed Kohli’s performances on the close quarters. He believes it’s incredible to see the Delhi-based star becoming one of the leading batsmen in the cricketing globe.
The rapid rise of Kohli has further boosted Team India at the top. The classic right-handed batsman Kohli has been outstanding in the run-chase. Also, he has emerged as one of the fittest cricketers in the world who has graced the game.
Upton hails Kohli’s nature:
Notably, Upton reiterated India has a lot of prospects to look at. He added Kohli has expertly made use of his opportunities by reaping the rewards with his never-say-die attitude.
“We definitely saw the potential (in 2011) but there is a lot of potential in India and across the world. Like Kohli, many other cricketers had the potential. But it’s just amazing to watch how he has translated his potential to effectively being the number one batsman in the world,” IANS quoted Upton, as saying.
Upton on No.4 debate:
Also, Upton sheds light on India’s No.4 spot, which has been a significant issue for the Men in Blue. He believes the trio in the form of MS Dhoni, KL Rahul and Vijay Shankar could bat at the particular spot. However, he reiterated that whom the skipper or management would want to play according to the situation or phase of the game.
He maintained it has been a long-standing debate on seeing who will bat at No.4. Upton reiterated the need of the hour is to understand who according to the situation will benefit the team.
“For me, the debate is not more about the number four position. But whom do you want to bat at what situation or stage of the game. We in cricket are still caught up with numbers as to I will bat at no.3 or 4. Whereas, its more about understanding who needs to be batting against what bowlers in what situation of the game,” Upton said.
In conclusion, Upton believes Kohli and Dhoni share a similarity regarding doing their job judiciously.
Meanwhile, India will lock horns with the Proteas in their ODI showpiece opener on June 1st in Southampton. The twelfth edition of the World Cup will commence from May 30 when hosts England will wrestle with the Proteas in London.
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