Virat Kohli’s spectacular performance in the last ODI against England, Joe Root (England) has lavished praise upon his counterpart. Root named Kohli as the best run-chaser in the world of cricket. Kohli, since 2016 has been in ‘near-impossibly’ consistent form. Kohli and Jadav steered India to a record breaking win against England who scored a mammoth 350 in the first ODI. Joe Root has opened up saying, had he got an opportunity, he would love to take batting tips from Kohli.
Couple of years ago cricket experts observed that Kohli, Root, Kane Williamson from New Zealand and Steve Smith from Australia will hog the limelight for batting. The earlier quartet were Sachin, Ponting, Dravid and Kallis. However, Kane and Steve Smith were not much in public’s eye. Kohli and Root, apart from being best batsman have took their competition to a stage of rivalry.
“He’s (Kohli) one of the best at run chases in the game, in fact, he probably is the best at it. His record says he’s got 15 hundreds chasing scores down now. I’d love to sit and chat with him, but I’ve not had that opportunity yet. Definitely watching him go about his business, there is a lot of thought behind it,” Root was quoted as saying by The Guardian.
However their rivalry on field has not stopped them from complementing each other. Last year Kohli has praised Root as an outstanding player and a hard worker. “Joe is an outstanding player, been very fond of the player and the way he goes about things, he is very positive, always thinks of any situation as an opportunity,” Kohli said.
Everyone’s eyes will be on how the teams will fare in the remaining ODIs. The high profile Indian Premier League 2017 is all set to begin this summer. Unfortunately Root will not be part of IPL7. He has cited some personal reasons.