Former West Indies cricketer Shivnarine Chanderpaul has praised the Indian skipper and ace batsman Virat Kohli, calling him the best batsman in the world cricket right now. He also said that he loves watching him play, calling him his favorite batsman in the present era.
Chanderpaul was in India till the last week for the Road Safety match series 2020 as he represented West Indies Legend team but the series was called off due to the 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. 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.
With the 2020 T2oI World Cup, scheduled to be played in Australia, Chanderpaul also spoke about his National team’s chances of winning the title as he 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.”
The T20I World Cup is set to be played in October-November month and the 45-year-old is expecting the defending champions to put a splendid display of power-hitting in Australia later this year.
“With the power hitters, good bowlers 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,” he concluded.
The left-handed batsman, who was known for his unorthodox batting stance has scored 11,867 runs in Tests, 8778 runs in ODIs and 343 runs in his T20I career. He also holds the record for being the 7th cricketer to have made the most appearances in Tests.