Mitchell Starc, the highest wicket-taker in the ongoing World Cup so far, has said that India captain Virat Kohli’s all-round game is pretty much impressive and his competitive nature on the field makes him different from other batsmen. Although India have lost to New Zealand by 18 runs in the first semi-final, Australia have ben playing against England in the second semi-final.
“Virat Kohli is pretty good. We fought a good few battles along the way. He’s someone I’ve been fortunate enough to know through IPL cricket playing alongside for RCB and seen the way he approaches his cricket from a teammate’s perspective rather than an opposition,” Mitchell Starc was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“I’m fortunate enough to have taken his wickets a few times but he’s also hit me for runs along the way. I think his all-round game is pretty impressive. He can score runs at home and away which is incredibly important for any batsman around the world,” he added.
Although Virat Kohli is known for his aggressive nature, Starc referred to him as a ‘chilled out’ off the field.
“He’s someone who loves competition whether it’s being a little bit more aggressive at times, he loves the competitive nature of cricket. When he steps back over the white line, he’s pretty chilled and works to get around the boys and that’s quite special as well,” Starc said.
He also took AB de Villiers’name as one of the toughest batsmen to bowl.
“Toughest to bowl to, it’s hard to put just one out there. I think AB de Villiers is obviously a big one to have to play against. Thankfully, he has retired from international cricket but he’s fantastic. He can hit the same ball to five different parts of the ground. It was great to have a few challenges against him and fortunate to get him out a couple of times along the way,” he shared about AB de Villiers.
Along with Kohli and de Villiers, Starc also named Steve Smith as another batsman who is also dangerous.
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“Another one I don’t have to play against is Steve Smith. I still get to have those challenges in the nets, bowl more short balls to him and try bowling him fast. Having some of those net session competitions between the two has been incredible,” he concluded.