Former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was known for his unusual batting technique yet the southpaw was one of the most formidable batsman during his playing days. The Guyanese was recently seen in action in the Road Safety World Series 2020 a few weeks ago, however, the Covid-19 outbreak resulted in the postponement of the tournament. But before leaving India, Chanderpaul, in an interview, revealed that India skipper Virat Kohli is his favourite cricketer at present and hailed the superstar Indian batsman as the best in the world.
“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,” the 45-year-old said.
Prior to the sudden break, Kohli suffered a bad patch with the bat in New Zealand. In the two Tests against the Kiwis, Kohli managed to register just 38 runs across 4 innings as the guests were whitewashed 2-0 by Kane Williamson and his boys. Moreover, during the entire tour of New Zealand, the RCB captain scored 218 runs with a single fifty-plus score under his belt, something quite rare for a batsman of his calibre.
But Chanderpaul believes that it’s not easy staying at the top and his records reflect the hard work he put in.
“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 added.
Kohli himself will be eager to redeem his top form when the Indian Premier League 2020 begins next month as fans round the globe expected to see the vintage Kohli back in form in the 3-match ODI series against South Africa earlier this month. Unfortunately, the series had to be postponed due to the pandemic, after the 1st ODI was washed out in Dharamsala.
Meanwhile, the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League has been suspended until April 15 due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.
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