Virat Kohli is a benchmark and a role model for every batsman in the world today. The Indian captain has taken batsmanship to heights never seen before. Kohli is a proven match-winner in all three formats and has been consistently doing it for a decade now. Former and contemporary cricketers have often rated him as the standout batsman of his generation due to his awe-inspiring numbers in all formats.
Australia white-ball skipper Aaron Finch has several times lauded the ability of Kohli to dominate in ODIs, T20s and Tests. Finch recently again pointed out the amazing consistency Kohli has as a batsman who plays every format. Finch acknowledged the fact that Kohli is the greatest ODI player of all time. He added that the thing that separates him from the rest is that he rarely fails in a series.
Finch praises Kohli highly
“What has been so impressive for so long is just his consistency across three formats. To be the best player of all-time in ODI cricket is one thing but then to also be in Test cricket and T20 cricket as a rounded player that is remarkable”.
“Every player, regardless of who it is, has a bad series. But very rarely do you see Kohli, Steve Smith, even going back Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, these guys they don’t have two bad series in a row,” Finch said on the Sony Ten Pit Stop show.
Furthermore, Finch also talked about the possibility of finding other ways to shine the ball when cricket returns. ICC has banned the use of saliva to shine the cricket ball as a precaution from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Aussie skipper believes that the players will have to adapt and be flexible and understand things are now going to be different. The series between England and West Indies starting on July 8 will be the first post the COVID-19 scare.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone in England or the West Indies camp on how that’s saliva ban going to go. But that is something that the players have to adapt to over the next couple of months or however long that it lasts. Finding different ways to shine the ball, because I think naturally, just out of instinct or habit, you lick the fingers and you rub the ball”.
“So I am sure there will be some inadvertent mistakes. Everyone has to be really flexible and accommodating and understand that things are going to be different from what they were four months ago,” said Aaron Finch.