Former Australian wrist spinner – Shane Warne has lauded Virat Kohli’s attitude towards the game, especially in today’s day and age, which requires an individual to be politically correct rather than acknowledging someone who tends to speak his mind out.
Warne feels that Kohli’s unadulterated emotions is what makes him the finest ever cricketers to grace the field, as he constantly has it in him to keep raising the bar by backing himself on a number of occasions, which has ultimately lead to India crossing the line in most of their games.
“Everyone loves Virat Kohli because it’s refreshing to hearing him talk so honestly and openly,” is what the Shane Warne had to say about the Indian skipper.
“You know what he does? He stands up for what he believes in. He speaks how he feels and he’s real. He’s emotional, a bit too emotional sometimes on the field. But that’s the part of the charm.”
“That’s why he has those 100s in chases. How many, 23, 24? The next best is how much? I can’t remember who’s second. That’s something inbuilt into you. That’s not skill or talent. He’s got a lot of that,” The former World Cup winner added.
But Warne with no disrespect was adamant in not comparing the modern day great to the likes of the Sachins and the Laras, as the bowling attack in international cricket back then was far more threatening back then to how it is right now.
“To think that someone was better than Brian Lara and Sachin – in those mid-‘90s – against Wasim, Waqar, Curtly, Courtney, McGrath, Donald, Saqlain, Mushy, Vettori, Murali, myself. You can go on,” Warne said, adding that he would only judge Kohli’s greatness at the end of his career.
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