Salaam Cricket 2017: Virat Kohli best player in the world, says Shane Warne

first_imgThe Australian spin wizard Shane Warne has backed India captain Virat Kohli to become the standout player in the world. Kohli will be ssen guiding his troops at the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales starting June 1. While India eased to victories over New Zealand and Bangladesh in the warm-ups, Kohli’s real test begins on June 4 when India play arch-rivals Pakistan in Birmingham.Kohli is often compared with his contemporaries Joe Root, Steven Smith and Kane Williamson but Warner said the India captain is above them all.”Virat Kohli is best player in the world across the formats. Joe Root from England, Steve Smith from Australia are good players. It is uncanny how many times he has scored a hundred. If he keeps calm, he will be the standout player,” Warne said at the Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017 in London.WATCH FULL VIDEOKohli had a below par Indian Premier League to his standards and will be eager to perform at the elite tournament. Kohli finished with 308 runs from 10 matches at 30.80.The last time Kohli was in England for a five-Test series in 2014, he endured a torrid time scoring 134 runs in 10 innings at 13.40. Following the Test series, Kohli also played four ODIs on the tour and managed to score just 54 runs at an average of 18.00.In the Champions Trophy in 2013, the current India captain had aggregated 176 runs from five matches, including a top score of 58 not out.Overall, he has played 14 ODIs in England and has scored only 424 runs averaging 38.54. However, the good news for his fans is that he has scored a hundred in England when he smashed 107 off 102 against England in a NatWest series game at Cardiff in 2011. Kohli will be keen to better that record in England.advertisementThe 28-year-old, however, has come a long way. Few months after a poor England Test tour in 2014, Kohli shut his critics up and slammed four centuries in a four-Test series in Australia.In the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Kohli continued with his good run and smashed a hundred against Pakistan in India’s first game.When England came to India for a five-match Test series, the India skipper blasted 655 runs in eight innings at 109.16 with the help of two hundreds and two fifties. He also hit his top score of 235 against England in that series.Kohli was in top-class form and shattered record books in Test cricket. He became the first batsman in the rich history of Test cricket to slam consecutive double hundreds in four Test series.In 16 matches that he played in the 2016-17 season, the poster boy of Indian cricket hammered 1503 runs at 65.34 with the help of five centuries and two fifties.last_img read more