As the days are ticking and the much-awaited inaugural edition of the World Test Championship scheduled on June 18 at Southampton is inching closer, the buzz around the squad players of the finalists- India and New Zealand is gathering up steam. So much so have the players been garnering attention by the veterans of the cricketing fraternity, that butterflies effervesce the stomachs of cricketing fans.
Very recently, Australia’s cricketer-turned commentator Brett Lee opened up regarding his choice of the World’s Best Batsman. Lee chose Virat Kohli, the Indian captain for the same and heaped praises for the Indian batsman.
Australia’s ace pacer hailed Virat Kohli and reckoned that among the modern-day cricketers, it is hard to look past Kohli. Possessing an outstanding record under his belt, and having an unsatiated hunger to improve even with age, the batting great is incredible.
“When you look at the recent greats, it is hard to look past Virat Kohli. What an incredible record he has got. He is only getting better with age. He has got a great mindset, a great cricket brain as well,” Lee said when asked who his favourite Test batter is in an interview with ICC.
The veteran of 70 international centuries, the Indian skipper has more than 22,000 international runs, making him the highest run-scorer among active cricketers in the world.
Talking of Kohli’s captaincy, the retired pacer said that the former has a great influence on his team. Lee even mentioned that the world-class player has risen to occasions whenever his team needed him.
“Kohli, he is such a dynamic player, such a great influencer for the team, world-class batter. We know that that’s a given. But I think that with his emphasis on how important Test cricket is to him, and his team, and his nation, it is going to weigh in very heavily on him and that will improve his performance. We know that Kohli steps up on the big occasions”
As for his instincts ahead of the WTC final, Lee reckoned that it is better not to comment as to who would emerge as a winner. Instead, he doesn’t want to cloud things with assumptions and meant to cherish the things as they unfurl during the prestigious ICC event.
“And, as you mentioned, he wants to see his side be the first winners of the ICC World Test Championship. It means a lot to him. And I think that will be the talk. Once everything is said and done, once the preparations are done, when they arrive there when the quarantine is done, just before they walk out, I think that will be the last comment – Let us enjoy it but let us become the first side to ever to win this ICC World Test Championship!” Lee added.