Cricket fans around the world are anxiously anticipating the eagerly awaited ODI World Cup 2023 final featuring India and Australia, set to unfold at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad this Sunday.
Throughout the multi-team tournament, numerous players showcased remarkable consistency, leaving a lasting impression with their splendid cricket performances. In the midst of this, Ian Chappell, the former Australian cricketer and cricket legend, has singled out a standout player whom he considers the premier batter of the current era.
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Ian Chappell picks the best batter of the current era
Chappell, known for his astute observations, declared Indian maestro Virat Kohli as the undisputed best batter of the current era. Chappell lauded Kohli’s attitude and approach towards batting. He commended the 36-year-old’s dedication to fitness, emphasizing Kohli’s remarkable running between the wickets as a testament to his commitment to staying in prime physical condition.
“Let’s go back to Kohli first. He doesn’t anymore but there was a point in his career where he averaged over 50 in all three formats. Now, that’s remarkable performance. I think Kohli is probably the best batsman of this era,” said Chappell in a chat with Wide World of Sports.
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“I like his attitude. I heard him interviewed about batting and I think’s he’s got a terrific approach to batting. The other thing to look at is his fitness. He is 36-years of age, have a look at how he was running between the wickets. He is obviously put fitness right up there,” added Chappell.
Phenomenal campaign in World Cup 2023
Chappell’s endorsement of Kohli comes on the back of the Indian captain’s stellar performance in the ongoing ODI World Cup. Kohli has etched his name in the record books by amassing a remarkable 711 runs in just 10 innings, establishing a new record for the highest run tally in a single edition of the men’s ODI World Cup.
Kohli’s consistency has been a standout feature of his campaign, highlighted by three centuries and five fifties. The former Indian skipper’s masterful knock of 117 against New Zealand in the semifinal marked his 50th ODI hundred, surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
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