Shane Warne in his recent interview with India Today, revealed that he was a fan of Indian skipper Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is always hailed for the kind of cricketer he has emerged out to be. The most recent being legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne who has once again praised him affectionately. Warne said that even in his playing days, it would have been much tricky to play against Virat and that the Indian skipper would have smashed him out of the park without any special efforts.
According to Warne, Virat is a cricketer which brings passion to the game and that is one of the reasons why he was a big fan of the Indian skipper. He also said that Kohli is a terrific leader and brings a lot to this Indian line up.
“I am a huge fan of Virat. What he brings to the world game is passion. He’s not someone who just toes the line and says what he is meant to say, he says what he feels. He is passionate, he is emotional. And I love that, his cricket, what he brings to the table. I love that he is a terrific leader of men,” Warne told India Today in an exclusive interview.
Warne also mentioned that Virat’s love for Test Cricket was what made him so special. Retaining the same set of standards in every format makes Kohli a delight to watch, according to Warne.
“He is an absolute superstar of the world game. And he loves Test cricket so I really respect that as an old-time player who loves Test cricket. I love that he is really pushing it and making it the best form of the game. That’s not to say T20 is not fun, it’s awesome, ODI cricket is awesome,” he added.
Warne also spoke about his favourites for the World Cup, which he claimed were India and England. He highlighted how crucial former Indian skipper MS Dhoni was for India and that the team would need such experience as that of what the 37 year old possessed.
“MS Dhoni for me is in the side. For me, he can bat at number four, five, six depending on any situation. So he is definitely the wicket-keeper for me in the team. You need that experience in the squad to win a World Cup. You need your big players to perform well and if India is going to win the World Cup they need Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and MS Dhoni to perform as well as guys like Bhuvi and Bumrah need to perform really well,” Warne concluded.
Virat Kohli’s hunger for runs and learning undoubtedly makes him the stand out of the troop. And a generation where limited over cricket is given more emphasis than Test, Virat maintains the same level of passion for each format, and that is what will be crucial for India for a long term perspective.