Root and Virat are the batsmen of today’s time, says Brian Lara
Former West Indies cricketer and legendary player Brian Lara talked about several aspects of the game on Wednesday in the Reddit AMA. He talked about the best bowlers of his side, his vision about cricket at the Olympics and his memorable knock of unbeaten 400.
He picked England cricketer Joe Root and Indian skipper Virat Kohli as his favourite batsmen of today’s era.
Lara picked James Anderson and Kagiso Rabada as his favourite bowlers. When Lara was asked about the toughest bowlers he had ever faced, he picked the names of Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne and added that is used to be a pleasure playing the ‘spin wizards’.
“Muttiah always used to confuse me with his spells in the early part of our confrontation but Warne didn’t. When I face them more, I began to understand Muralitharan but Warner seemed to grow more confident,” he added.
“Warne played for the best team in the world during my era and he is still considered to be the best leg-spinner ever to have played the game.”
Lara backs the inclusion of cricket in Olympics
Lara also backed a ten-team World Cup clash saying that he felt that having 10 teams in the tournament.
He also said that the T20 format has helped a lot in the growth of the game and the game will keep helping the growth.
“The growth of the game should be of prime importance and ICC needs to promote T20 format for that.”
“T20 is the most exciting format of the game and countries are naturally attracted to this format,” he said.
Lara also backed the inclusion of Olympics in the World Cup saying that the shortest format of the game deserved an opportunity in the tournament.
“The T20 format lasts only for 3 hours so I don’t understand why it can’t get included in the Olympics,” he said.