India vs Australia: Virat Kohli is finisher for all time, says Ian Chappell

Ian Chappell said that he has seen some great batsmen gifted with supple wrists but not someone like Virat Kohli.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: March 29, 2016 3:42 pm
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Hailing Virat Kohli as the “finisher for all time”, former Australia captain Ian Chappell said the aggressive Indian batsman has surpassed legendary West Indian Brian Lara when it comes to “placement of shots”.

“Of modern players, Brian Lara, I thought was the best placer of the ball. I think I have got Brian in the second spot now,” Chappell told ESPNCricinfo in his post-match analysis after Kohli’s classic 82 not out took India to the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 beating Australia.

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“This is the best T20 innings I have ever seen. He is the finisher for all time. He had built a reputation out and today he just cemented that. It was exhilarating,” Chappell was all praise for Kohli’s epic knock.

“I hate to remind Mahela (Jayawardene) that I had the pleasure of watching Virat chase down 300 plus score (321 in 36.4 overs vs Sri Lanka at Hobart). I never thought someone could better that while chasing.”

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Chappell said that he has seen some great batsmen gifted with supple wrists but not someone with such enormous power.

“I have seen wristy players like Azharuddin, VVS (Laxman) or had the pleasure or pain of playing against Zaheer Abbas. Zaheer had rubber wrists but Virat does it with power. He hits the ball hard with that wrist-work. There were times during the match when I thought the ‘Predictor’ had gone wrong but then I realised that I was mad and ‘Predictor’ was right,” said Chappell.

Chappell also said that Australia’s Michael Bevan, who was known as a “finisher” in 50-over format during the ’90s and early part of 2000 did not carry the kind of burden that the Indian superstar carries.

“He (Virat) is called a finisher and there is a reason why. Michael Bevan was known as a finisher and he did it in a few short overs. But this man comes in at No 3 and does it for such long periods,” said Chappell.

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    Mar 28, 2016 at 11:54 am
    was the best innings. sachin doesn't figure in my cricket legends list but kohli tops it, with steve waugh, lara, kapil dev and others in the;br/gt;he has this intense pion to win for india, which does not come out while playing for RCB. unlike dhoni whose best innings are still from;br/gt;of corse he has to get off this maya of... trust me its very difficult to get rid of.. anybody with personal experience can see it happening to him.
    1. Ponnaluri Ramachandra Rao
      Mar 28, 2016 at 11:49 am
      superb analysis by Ian...yes...Virat got the gut feeling that he can bat through...he had confidence in him ....he supports his inner strength..bides his time to launch attack when opponents are at his mercy ....
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        Tanmoy Kar
        Mar 29, 2016 at 2:36 am
        Ian Chappell rates Virat highly since last 3/4 years, as he has seen talent in Virat since the beginning.
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