Virat Kohli's Attitude, Hardik Pandya's Power-Hitting Skills And Cheteshwar Pujara's Defensive Batting: Matthew Wade Lists The Best Qualities Of World-Class Players To Define 'Perfect Batter'

Updated - 19 Feb 2022, 04:47 PM

Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya
Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Australia wicketkeeper-batter Matthew Wade described the qualities of top-class players across the globe in his definition of a ‘perfect batter’.

Wade, who has played 36 Tests, 97 ODIs and 59 T20 International matches for Australia for over a decade, has listed some of the international stars and their exquisite shots that tempt youngsters to play in a similar fashion.

My perfect batter has the attitude or temperament of Virat Kohli: Matthew Wade

Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Australia’s stylish batter Steve Smith, Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya and Test specialist Cheteshwar Puajara are part of Matthew Wade’s list. The qualities of these batters is the result of a perfect batter according to the Australian gloveman.

“My perfect batter has the attitude or temperament of Virat Kohli. The drive of Steve Smith, specially cover drive, if he gets that away it is pretty to watch,” Wade said in a video uploaded on the cricket.com.au website.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

“The pull shot of Ricky Ponting, when we talk about a pull shot, everyone thinks about pana tip by tip and then come back through the ball. The cut shot of Philip Hughes if I remember he used to play at the offside, just hop into everything.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credit: Twitter)

“The defensive Pujara probably as all you nick the ball and it goes straight down. The power-hitting of Hardik Pandya, he is one of those guys that can take it from anywhere and go a long way. My all-time celebration is of David Warner- carry on (chuckles while laughing),” he concluded. 

Matthew Wade guides Australia to the T20 World Cup final

Wade was the hero of the Australian team in their semi-final clash against Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade. Credits: Twitter

Wade played a mind-boggling knock of 41* from 17 balls and was involved in an unbeaten stand of 81 runs with Marcus Stoinis to take his side to their second T20 World Cup final.

Wade hammered three consecutive sixes to Pakistan’s ace bowler Shaheen Afridi to wrap the match in the penultimate over itself after getting a reprieve from Hasan Ali’s drop catch in the same over. Wade will retire from international cricket at the end of the T20 World Cup this year.

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