India vs England: Steve Waugh thinks Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the world
Virat Kohli aggregated 200 runs in the first Test at Edgbaston, which was more than double the runs any other batsman accumulated in the first Test at Edgbaston.Updated: Aug 09, 2018 16:17 IST
Hindustna Times, New Delhi
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has always been a man of opinion. When the senior Waugh talks, most of the cricketing world listens. And the two-time world champion has given his verdict on who he thinks is the best batsman in the world.
Waugh, who appeared in 168 Tests and 325 ODIs for Australia, feels Indian captain Virat Kohli has the technique to survive in any conditions and that’s why he rates Kohli as the best batsman in the world.
“He (Kohli) has got the game to survive anywhere, I think he’s got the best technique of anyone in world cricket,” Waugh told cricket.com.au recently.
Kohli, who scored 149 and 51 in the first Test against England at Edgbaston, recently overtook former Australia skipper Steve Smith as the number one batsman in Test cricket in ICC ratings. In doing so, Kohli became the first Indian since Sachin Tendulkar in 2011 to reach the summit and seventh overall.
Waugh, who became the second Australian player to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket, had previously thought that Kohli shared the mantle with former South African captain AB de Villiers, but with his retirement in May, the throne is now occupied solely by India captain.
“He and AB de Villiers have got the best techniques, and AB de Villiers is not playing Test cricket so that makes him (Kohli) the stand-out player.
Talking about former Australia captain Steven Smith, who is currently serving a ban due to his involvement in ball tampering, Waugh said the Aussie has a huge hunger for runs.
“I think Steve Smith is probably the hungriest batsman but he’s obviously not playing for 12 months, so Kohli really is the premier batsman in world cricket.
He also pointed out the fact that Virat Kohli has a very important trait which he has seen in other greats of the past.
“And he likes the big occasion. Like (Brian) Lara and Tendulkar and (Viv) Richards and Javed Miandad, and all the great batsmen, they want the big occasion and that brings out the best in their cricket,” Waugh was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
First Published: Aug 09, 2018 16:10 IST