Ahead of India’s first One Day International against New Zealand, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson- skippers of their respective teams have heaped praise on each other.

Indian captain Kohli revealed how he admires Williamson and on his attractive playing style: “Yeah, he is easily one of the best in th world. So easy on the eye, great to watch. I personally admire him; When he’s on song, Kane Williamson is the most attractive batsman to watch in world cricket.”

Expressing his admiration for Virat Kohli, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said that they will be primarily focussed on how to “best combat” his Indian counterpart in the limited overs series, starting on Wednesday. Returning the compliment, the Indian run-machine also lauded the prolific Williamson, calling him one of the best in the world.

Williamson said, “Someone like Virat is certainly a player I admire and enjoy watching and he’s pushing the boundaries of the game so that’s brilliant,” said Williamson on the eve of first ODI of the five-match series. He said Kohli was a passionate and world-class cricketer.

“He’s a respectful guy and I’ve known him for a very long time but as a player, obviously, word class and our focus is more about that and his cricketing ability and how we can combat him as best as we can,” Williamson said.

Williamson felt that the passion with which Kohli approaches his cricket has made him a crowd puller around the world. “He’s always a challenge to come up against and is someone who is most admired in terms of how he goes about his cricket and he’s formidable in his run scoring so he’s definitely a player of note to try to shut down.”

The first ODI between the two teams will start on 23rd January at 7:30 AM IST at Napier, New Zealand.