Sri Lankan pacer, Isuru Udana hails Virat Kohli as the best limited-overs batsman in the world. Udana, who played under the leadership of Kohli for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), is in awe of Kohli’s prowess when it comes to white-ball cricket.
The Indian captain has scored 12040 runs in ODI – the fastest to surpass the landmark – and over 8000 runs in all T20s; highlighting his run-scoring appetite in white-ball cricket. Udana named Australia’s Mitchell Starc as his best bowler and India’s Ravindra Jadeja as his favorite all-rounder in limited-overs cricket at the moment.
As quoted by news18.com, Isuru Udana said, “I think the best batsman in white-ball cricket is Virat Kohli, best bower I’ll go for Mitchell Starc and I like Ravindra Jadeja an all-rounder.”
You have to execute your plans very well against Chris Gayle: Isuru Udana
Speaking of limited-overs cricket, Isuru Udana will feature in the upcoming edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League starting January 28. Udana is coming off middling IPL and LPL, and he will play for the Bangla Tigers.
The left-arm pacer talked about the challenges to bowl to Chris Gayle, who will open for Team Abu Dhabi. The 32-year-old Sri Lankan says that it is difficult to bowl to Gayle, and has one has to execute their plans to inch perfection when bowling to the ‘Universe Boss’.
Udana, who plays the role of a bowling all-rounder these days, is also excited to play alongside swashbuckling West Indian, Andre Fletcher. The wicket-keeper opener is currently in good touch while playing for the Melbourne Stars in the ongoing Big Bash League in Australia.
“Whenever you have to face the ‘Universe Boss’, you have to execute your plans very well so I am just thinking about my plans and I want to execute them well. We have a good team. I am waiting to play alongside Andre Fletcher. I have seen him perform well in the Big Bash League. There are a lot of good players in the other teams as well and this is going to be a great tournament for all of us,” Udana added.
Isuru Udana also speaks about the difficulties in keeping up to match fitness during the lockdown and in the bio-bubble. He spent close to 2 months in the bio-bubble in IPL in the UAE and advises others to try and enjoy the game to the fullest.
“It’s not easy to do our gym and running sessions during a pandemic since we can’t go out every now and then. I think during this time, one has to believe in oneself and back one’s strength. That’s the main thing.
“The best advice I would like to give to upcoming players is that they should try to enjoy the game. And the other advice I can give is that they should try to execute their plans well,” the pacer said.