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Virat Kohli has sorted problems outside off-stump: Brett Lee

Virat Kohli’s technique is “impeccable” and he no longer has problems outside off stump, believes former Australia bowler Brett Lee.

cricket Updated: Aug 03, 2017 21:15 IST
Virat Kohli‘s problems outside the off stump are now a thing of the past, according to Brett Lee.
Virat Kohli‘s problems outside the off stump are now a thing of the past, according to Brett Lee. (AP)

Former Australia pace bowler Brett Lee termed India captain Virat Kohli’s technique as “impeccable” and the problems outside the off-stump has been sorted by him.

“Kohli’s technique is impeccable. He has improved it a lot over the last few years and gotten a lot tighter with his technique. There’s a lot of hype about him nicking off, certainly as a bowler, you could get a few years ago but now he has changed it,” Lee told official TNPL website.

“To me, it’s his hunger, yes he is such a talented player but his mental strength, his want and will to score so many runs end on end which is why he is one of the world’s best batsmen. We haven’t seen the best of Kohli yet. He has many more years to come and is really young,” he added.

About the current Indian bowlers, Lee said, “You (Indian bowlers) have got some raw pace. To me it’s some of the guys, who can back up Test match after Test match. Mohammad Shami is a guy, who when he’s probably fit is a guy that really impresses me.

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“He is really quick and has good pace. (Jasprit) Bumrah is definitely one to watch out for, a unique action works for him and he is got good pace as well. You have got guys, who can bowl over 140 kph consistently. Keeping them on the park and ensuring they are injury-free is more important in my opinion.”

The Australian also had some good words about young Tamil Nadu all-rounder M S Washington Sundar and said, “I am a big fan of Washington Sundar. He is a very exciting player. He is a player, who offers a lot with the bat and ball. He is tall, confident and very good in the field. Definitely, a player for the future.”

Asked if he thought faster bowlers need to pick and choose formats, Lee said: “They could but to me it’s always about playing Test cricket. It was my favourite over ODIs and T20s. I do know that they will play what they want to play and the bowling will be different. I have always said do what makes you feel more comfortable and I think a stage will come where they will pick the format they want to play.”

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Lee also believes that bowlers need to work on their variations more.

“Bowlers have to work on how they can outsmart the batsmen. The batsmen are playing different shots like the lap sweep, reverse sweeps, switch hits, going down town on both sides with the pull-shots, hook shots and top edges. The bowlers have to work on a way to get the batsmen out. I haven’t seen enough proper quick bouncers and slower bouncers and wide line yorkers being bowled,” he said.