England skipper Joe Root has revealed his pick for the best batsman in the world at present. The right-handed batsman himself is widely regarded as one among the best. He is sometimes referred to as one of the “big four” batsmen in contemporary international cricket alongside Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson.
The quartet is famously called ‘Fab four’. All the four batsmen have scored runs across the world and have proved themselves across formats. Their unprecedented consistency with the bat has put them way ahead of their contemporaries.
But as far as Joe Root is concerned, Virat Kohli is the best or the ‘most complete player’ across formats. Ruling himself out of the contention for the best in the world and snubbing his own teammates, the England star was all praise for Kohli’s all-round game. He also mentioned how Kohli bounced back in England after the horrible tour in 2014.
Joe Root also pointed out Kohli’s phenomenal record in all the parts of the world before mentioning that the India skipper does it ‘with the weight of India on his shoulders’.
“Virat is probably the most complete player out of the three of them (Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli) across formats. His ability to chase things down in the limited-overs format and to pace it as well as he does as often as he does and be not out at the end is extraordinary. He’s got a very good all-round game but you wouldn’t say he’s weaker against spin or pace,” Joe Root told ESPNcricinfo.
“He obviously struggled on his first tour to England, but he scored really heavily when he came back. And similarly, elsewhere in the world, he’s put in massive performances. All that with the weight of India on his shoulders, as well,” he added.
Kohli is indeed way ahead of his contemporaries when it comes to the runs he has scored across formats. At just 31, he has hit a staggering 70 centuries and 104 half-centuries in international cricket. With 43 tons to his name, he is second in the list of most centuries in ODIs. He is also the only player in the world with average of more than 50 in all the three formats of the game.