Australia fast bowling great Brett Lee gave his opinion on whether Virat Kohli will finally win an ICC Trophy as India captain when he faces off against Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the final of the ICC World Test Championship in Southampton, England.
The one-off Test match will be played at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from June 18-22 with 23 being a reserve day. New Zealand and India are both in England, but New Zealand is currently engaged in a two-Test series against England, with the first Test being played at Lord’s in London.
Kane Williamson Is A Lot More Conservative Without Being Boring, While Virat Kohli Is More Of An Aggressive Captain: Brett Lee
Brett Lee compared the captaincy styles of both India’s Virat Kohli and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and called them opposite sides of a coin.
“Kane is a lot more conservative without being boring. He has got a great cricket brain. I spent a fair bit of time with Kane recently and enjoy his company. I think he has got a wonderful cricket brain. I admire his level of calmness. And that is why I said that he is not a boring captain. He is a conservative captain, but attacks when he needs to. And he attacks when he feels it is right. Because he is patient, and it works for him and his team,” Lee told ICC.
“Look at the other side of the ledger, and you look at Kohli, he is more of an aggressive captain. There is no right or wrong answer to any of these because I have played under captains who are conservative and captains who are too aggressive. But this is going to be a great opportunity to see which one comes out on top because they are different. At the end of the day, they are two amazing cricket brains. And that is what I respect. So yeah, it is going to be exciting to see who comes out on top!” Lee said.
Virat Kohli He Wants To See His Side Be The First Winners Of The ICC World Test Championship: Brett Lee
Brett Lee was also asked during the interview on the chances of Virat Kohli winning his first ICC Trophy as India captain and the 2003 World Cup winner said that it comes down to how important Test cricket is to Kohli, and his team, and his nation.
“In terms of the Indian skipper, Kohli, he is such a dynamic player, such a great influencer for the team, world-class batter. We know that that’s a given. But I think that with his emphasis on how important Test cricket is to him, and his team, and his nation, it is going to weigh in very heavily on him and that will improve his performance,” he said.
Brett Lee also mentioned that Virat Kohli is a big-match player and steps up on big occasions and would really like to see his team becoming the first team to lift the World Test Championship trophy, which is really important to him.
“We know that Kohli steps up on the big occasions. And, as you mentioned, he wants to see his side be the first winners of the ICC World Test Championship. It means a lot to him. And I think that will be the talk. Once everything is said and done, once the preparations are done, when they arrive there when the quarantine is done, just before they walk out, I think that will be the last comment. Let us enjoy it but let us become the first side to ever to win this ICC World Test Championship!” the former Aussie pacer told ICC.
The ICC WTC Final will be played from June 18-22 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.