Former Australian captain and Cricket commentator Ian Chappell likes Virat Kohli’s approach towards winning games for his country and he is of the opinion that Kohli has used his emotions positively.
Ian Chappell, a former Australian captain, and Cricket presenter believes that the preference of Virat Kohli for playing copybook cricketing shots and his unbelievable level of fitness has made him undoubtedly the best batsman across all formats among his current set of competitors.
Ian Chappell was part of a show on YouTube called ‘The RK Show’ which was hosted by Radhakrishnan Sreenivasan said, “Of that group (including Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Joe Root), Kohli is the best in all three forms. That’s unquestionable,”
“His record in all three forms is quite unbelievable, particularly his record in the shorter forms.”
Chappell’s comments came in the wake of comments by former England captain Kevin Pieterson who said that Australian premiere batsman Steve Smith comes nowhere close to Virat Kohli.
Kevin Pieterson in a live Instagram chat with Pommie Mbangwa when the later asked him his opinion on who is the better between Virat Kohli and Steven Smith, said, “(Virat) Kohli. Hands down. (He’s a) freakshow. His record chasing winning games for India, with the amount of pressure he consistently lives under, Smith doesn’t even come close,”
When Mbangwa probed Pieterson further and asked him about who he thinks is the better batsman between Virat Kohli and the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, Pieterson said, “Again, Virat. Because of his chasing numbers. His chasing numbers are frightening. He averages 80 in chases. All his one-day hundreds come chasing. He consistently wins games of cricket for India. He just keeps turning on the numbers, chasing, chasing, chasing,”
Kohli has already scored 70 international tons across the three formats while amassing more than 20,000 international runs and looks set to score many more centuries and runs in the time to come.
Chappell is of the firm opinion that Kohli is undoubtedly the best and he explained it by saying, “I like his approach to batting. We did an interview with him last time India were in Australia, and one of the things he talked about was why he didn’t play the fancy shots, the innovative shots of particularly T20 cricket.
“He said he didn’t want those to creep in his batting in the longer form of the game. The best short-form player in the time I played was Viv Richards, and he just played normal cricket shots but he placed the ball so well he was able to score at a very fast rate. And Kohli’s the same. He plays traditional cricket shots, and he plays them really well.”
The Australian great also stressed on the fitness level of Virat Kohli which sets him apart from his competitors and said, “The other thing that stands out about Kohli is his fitness and running between the wickets. The way he pushes himself, he’s incredibly fit. Some of his performances are quite amazing.”
Ian Chappell also said that he is a big fan of Virat Kohli, the captain.
“The one thing that stands out to me is that Kohli is the one (captain) that doesn’t fear defeat. He’s prepared to lose a game in trying to win it. You’ve got to be that way as a captain in my opinion. I like that approach.”
“I thought when he took over the captaincy that he was so emotional, it might affect his captaincy adversely but I think he has reigned that in a little bit. He has made that work for him in his captaincy rather than work against him. He’s a pretty smart cricketer,” said Chappell.