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Virat Kohli, Joe Root best batsmen in the world right now - Brian Lara

While taking in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session, Brian Lara said that Virat Kohli and Joe Root as the best batsmen in the world right now.

cricket Updated: Sep 06, 2018 12:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Virat Kohli,Joe Root,Brian Lara
Virat Kohli (R) and Joe Root are the best batsmen in the world, according to Brian Lara.(AP)

West Indies legend Brian Lara picked Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli and Joe Root as the best batsmen in the world right now.

Lara, who is currently in New York as part of ICC World Cup Trophy Tour, made the remark while taking part in the Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Wednesday. When it came to the bowlers, he picked the fast bowling duo of Jimmy Anderson and Kagiso Rabada

When asked about the toughest bowlers he has faced, Lara took the names of Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne before adding that it was a pleasure to ‘battle’ with the spin wizards.

“Muttiah (Muralitharan) always confused me in the early part of our confrontation, whilst Shane Warne didn’t. Having said that, as my innings grew I felt I had more control over Muttiah, whilst Shane seemed to grow in confidence. They were definitely the two best spinners of my time.

“He (Warne) played for the best team in the world during my era, he was, and still is, regarded as the best leg-spinner to play the game. It was a battle I just embraced in some of the largest cricketing arenas,” Lara said.

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During the conversation, Lara backed ICC’s decision for a ten-team ODI World Cup, saying that the T20 format will help in the growth of the game.

“The most important thing for the ICC to consider is the growth of the game, where that will happen is in the T20 format. All the countries that are taking to the sport as of late are naturally attracted to T20 format since it’s the most exciting.

“Moving on to the longer formats, you want good quality and intense cricket and only the best teams in the world can offer that. Therefore, I feel the number of teams in the World T20 being 16 and the number in the ODI World Cup being 10 is just right,” he said.

Lara also supported the inclusion of cricket at the Olympics, saying the T20 format deserves an opportunity.

“The T20 format lasts just three hours so I don’t see why it can’t be included in the Olympics. It was nice to see golf get that opportunity again, it’s time for cricket now,” he said.

First Published: Sep 06, 2018 12:10 IST