It has been said time and again that Virat Kohli is destined to be an all-time great of the game but former Australia captain Michael Clarke believes that the Indian skipper is already the “greatest ODI batsman to have ever played the game”. “To me, Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman to have ever played one-day cricket. I have no doubts after seeing what he has achieved for India,” Clarke, a former World Cup-winning captain said.
Kohli has already scored 10,385 runs in 219 ODIs at an astounding average of 59 plus, including 39 hundreds.
Kohli, the best Test and ODI batsman in the world, recently led India through a historic tour of Australia.
Under his leadership, India became the first team ever not to lose any series on a tour Down Under.
The 30-year-old became the first Indian and Asian captain to win a Test series on Australian soil.
He also led India to their first ever bilateral ODI series win in Australia.
Moreover, he continued to add to his rapidly-rising tally of international hundreds.
“You have to respect Virat’s passion to win games for his country. Yes, he has aggression but no one can question his commitment, how much he has achieved. He is the greatest in ODIs,” Clarke said.
Kohli’s next assignment begins on Wednesday as India are travelling to New Zealand to play a limited-overs series that will included five ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).
The first ODI between India and New Zealand will be played in Napier on Wednesday (January 23).
Hashim Amla breaks Virat Kohli’s record but faces flak for ‘selfish innings’
Hashim Amla on Saturday broke Virat Kohli’s record for being the fastest to reach 27 centuries in ODI cricket. Amla has reached the milestone in 167 innings, surpassing Kohli’s 169. But the South African star has earned criticism over the manner in which he got the century in Port Elizabeth. Amla batted through the innings and ended unbeaten on 108 off 120 balls as South Africa ended their innings on a bizarre total of 267/2. Pakistan chased it down with ease, winning the match by five wickets. Batting first, opening pair Amla and Reeza Hendricks put up a partnership of 82 runs. Rassie van der Dussen then joined Amla in the middle and the pair went on to score 155 runs for the second wicket. The former was dismissed seven runs short of his debut ODI ton when he fell to Hasan Ali in the 47th over.