Former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has thrown his weight behind India captain Virat Kohli as the best batter in the world at the moment and also his personal favourite. Known for his distinctive technique yet effective manner to gather important runs – Chanderpaul has always been respected highly in the cricketing circles. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah Retain BCCI A+ Annual Contracts; Hardik Pandya Moves to Grade A, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Drops to B
The 45-year-old Chanderpaul was in India a few days back for the Road Safety World Series 2020. The tournament was postponed due to the deadly coronavirus outbreak. “Obviously, it’s Virat Kohli. He has been working on all the aspects of his game, and the results are showing. He is working hard on his fitness; he works on his skills. You see him putting in the hard work, and he is one of those guys who always wants to do well.” Also Read - "Philosophy of Never Giving Up": John Cena on Correlation Between Him And Virat Kohli
Lauding Kohli’s incredible consistency in top-flight cricket, Chandepaul feels the Indian skipper has proven his class time and again while reprsenting the nation. “He’s proven it, day in and day out. You have to give credit to him for that. It’s not easy to stay at the top of your game for so long. You got to put in your work, and the results are showing,” Chanderpaul told Sportstar. Also Read - IPL 2021: During Timeout, Virat Kohli Told us His Gut Feel is to Bowl Shahbaz Ahmed - Simon Katich
On West Indies’ chances in the T20 World Cup scheduled to be played in October-November in Australia, the Guyana-born batsman said: “Well, West Indies have always had players for the shorter format. Yet again, it all depends on how well you perform on that day because, in the T20 format, anybody could win on that day. We always have a lot of match-winners, that’s the good thing about us.”
“With the power hitters, good bowlers they play a major part in the shorter format. So, we still have one of the best T20 squads around. But we still have to go out and play well to win matches. Don’t take anyone lightly, play as hard as we can, and we will win,” Chanderpaul further added.