Shane Warne, arguably the greatest-ever leg-spinner to have played the gentlemen’s game has once again showered his love for Indian captain Virat Kohli and his unparalleled passion for the game. Over the years, Kohli has redefined consistency across all formats with his unprecedented batting prowess. Kohli is currently the world’s top-ranked batsman in Tests and ODIs.
In his 11-year-old international career, the 30-year old has carved a special place for himself among the greats of the game. In a special chat with India Today, Warne revealed that he will think twice before bowling to Kohli and he believes the batsman will have an upper hand against him on the 22-yard strip.
When asked about an on-field duel with Kohli, Warne said: “Well I bowled to Virat a few times and I did get him out. But he must have been only 15 or something when he started”.
“Every time you bowl to the best you want to test yourself against the best. I am sure Virat would have smashed me around the park, just about every time I played but maybe, I would have got him out once or twice” Warne added.
“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 further went on saying that Virat’s love for Test Cricket makes him so special. Maintaining the same set of standards in every format makes Kohli a delight to watch.
“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,” the Australian legend added.
Earlier this year, Kohli became the first cricketer to win all three ICC awards. He was named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year.
In 2018, Kohli was named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year. In doing so, he became only the third man to win the ICC Cricketer of the Year twice and the second to win it in consecutive years.