Australia T20I captain Aaron Finch praised Virat Kohli before the T20I series against India, calling him ‘one of the greatest players of all time’. Finch further added that it would take a very brave man to write Kohli off after what he has achieved in the last 15 years as well. However, Kohli scored his 71st international century when he reached the three-figure mark against Afghanistan in the recently-concluded Asia Cup 2022.
”It would be a very brave man to write Virat Kohli off. At any stage, he has shown for 15 years now that he is one of the greatest players of all time,” Finch told reporters ahead of the first T20I against India. ”Particularly in T20 cricket, he’s someone who has developed and grown his game over such a long period that you always plan and prepare the best when you’re coming up against him. He is super and has 71 international centuries. That’s just ridiculous.”
However, Aaron Finch has been struggling for runs and also announced his retirement from ODIs after his struggles with the bat as well.
“Over a long period of time, you get pretty comfortable with criticism, but in T20 cricket, I feel my form has been really good for quite a while now. I think if you separate the ODI form and the T20 form, then they’re totally different, they’re two different formats of the game,” said Finch.
”Every decision that we make, I think, has one eye towards the World Cup and seeing the wicket yesterday, it looked like there was quite a bit of grass on it. And we know in Mohali, the ball can swing around and it can carry through quite a bit, so I think we will be mindful of not being too narrow-minded in terms of our focus. What we’ve tried to do over the last sort of six-eight-ten months is make sure that everything that we’re doing in the T20 space ties back into the World Cup and, for us, it’s about making sure that once we get there that we’ve had plenty of different combinations of teams that we can play,” Aaron Finch concluded.