Former Australian skipper Mark Taylor is looking forward to watching Virat Kohli play in upcoming India’s tour down under. While Virat will be available for just the first Test match, he will play the entire limited-overs leg, which gives Taylor an ample amount of time to watch Kohli bat.
The former Australian skipper has hailed him as a very powerful guy in world cricket and likened him to Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Inzamam-ul-Haq. Speaking to Sydney Morning Herald Taylor pointed out that he likes Kohli as a skipper and he knows the fine line between his aggressive intent when compared with his captaincy.
“I think he is a very powerful guy in world cricket, but I think he does a very good job to walk that fine line in being an aggressive cricketer and also a statesman. I think he’s doing it very well,” Taylor was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald.
Virat Kohli has utmost respect for the game – Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor added saying that Virat Kohli adds responsibility to his captaincy, which he something he likes about the Indian skipper. The former Australian skipper also said that Virat Kohli has the utmost respect for the game and his colleagues and former cricketers which makes him stand out from the rest.
“I think he treats that responsibility with great respect. He’s still very much his own person when you watch him play. I’ve always found him in the times I’ve spoken to him to be very respectful to the game and those playing it and those who have played it.”
This will be Kohli’s fourth tour to Australia and every time he has returned as a better player after playing against Australia. Kohli’s first test ton was against Australia in the 2011 tour. Virat Kohli scored 116 in Adelaide during the 2011/2012 tour even as India were whitewashed 0-4. He scored 692 runs in the 2014 tour, including four centuries, two of which came in the same match in Adelaide as well.
In 2019, Virat Kohli scored just 282 runs including a century at Perth and led India to a historic Test triumph, capturing the series 2-1.