Aaron Finch, the swashbuckling Australian opener and their white-ball captain, has hailed his counterpart, Virat Kohli, as the greatest ODI batsman of all time.
Virat Kohli did not have a memorable IPL season as per his own lofty standards but Finch, who was his teammate at the Royal Challengers Bangalore, feels that there is no ‘chink’ in the charismatic batsman’s armor, besides adding that the Aussies need to find a way to keep him in check.
“He doesn’t have too many, to be honest. If you look at his record it’s second to none. His records are remarkable. I think what we need to keep in mind is we have to keep looking ways to get him out because if go away from this you could miss the trip,” AaronFinch said in a virtual press conference while replying to ANI’s query.
“There are not too many chinks in his armour. He is probably the best one day player of all time. It’s about sticking to our plan,” he added.
Aaron Finch himself had a forgettable IPL campaign. The swashbuckling opener managed a mere 268 runs in the entire season.
“I think scoring runs in any format gives the player confidence. When you make runs you feel good but that is easier said than done in the shortest format of the game. The form is good and it’s great to have a good form behind you,” said Finch.
Milestones galore for Virat Kohli in the ODI series against Aaron Finch-led Australia
Coming back to Virat Kohi, the Indian captain loves batting Australia irrespective of formats.
As far as ODI cricket is concerned, Kohli has 1910 runs against Australia at an average of 54.57 with 8 hundred in a mere 38 innings. Sachin Tendulkar has nine in 79. If he adds another 90 to his tally in the three matches, he will join an exclusive list of batsmen who have scored more than 2000 runs in ODIs against Australia.
Besides that, Virat Kohli is on the cusp of yet another milestone. The champion batsman is just 133 runs away from becoming the fastest to 12000 ODI runs.
Kohli has 11,867 runs to his name in just 239 innings, followed by Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who managed the same in 300 innings.
The Indian captain will also have the opportunity to leapfrog Ricky Ponting and become the second-highest century-maker in international cricket. He currently has 70 while the former World Cup-winning captain has 71.