India vs Australia: Virat Kohli as good as anyone I have seen, says pace great Dennis Lillee

first_imgLegendary Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee has heaped praise on Virat Kohli, saying the India captain has the technique and determination that makes his one of the greats of the game.Lille, who gave nightmares to opposition batsmen, added Virat Kohli’s ability to see the ball early and give himself that extra bit of time is as good as anyone.Dennis Lillee’s comments come days after Virat Kohli slammed his 25th Test century in the second of the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia in Perth. On a pace and bounce-rich wicket at the Perth Stadium, the right-hander made batting look easy while making 123 runs off 257 balls.India though failed to win the Perth Test as skewed team selection and some ordinary batting performance in the second innings saw them fall short of the 287-run target by 146 runs.”I think he is a great player, There is no need for me to even say because everyone knows that. What makes Virat great is first of all great technique, determination, balance and the time he has got to play the deliveries,” Lille told Anandabazar Patrika.The fast bowling great added: “He seems to see the ball early and all great batsmen have those four things. Technique, determination, balance and the ability to see the ball early. Virat is as good as anyone I have seen.”Lillee likens Bumrah to ThomsonLauding Jasprit Bumrah for his exploits Down Under, legendary Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee compared him with Jeff Thomson, saying the India pacer is ‘outside the guidelines of normal fast bowling’. Bumrah is the highest wicket-taker for India after the first two Tests with 11 scalps to his name.advertisement”I think Jasprit Bumrah is very very interesting. He runs off a very short run-up. He jogs and then bowls with a very short run. He has got straight arms. His bowling is not text book by any means, but it works. He is very different from other pace bowlers, which reminds me of another fast bowler of my era, who was very different from everyone else – Jeff Thomson,” Lille said.”He is not as fast as Jeff Thomson was but similar in the sense that they were outside the guidelines of normal fast bowling action or technique.”.Asked about India fielding four pacers in the second Test which they lost by 146 runs, Lillee said it is not only fast bowlers, India is producing quality bowlers at the moment.”It’s very satisfying to see that. But you know what, it’s’ not just about fast bowlers, India is now producing quality fast bowlers. They are so well equipped in the pace bowling department now that if they have to pick four, they can pick four. And whatever little I have seen of them, they are very very good Test bowlers. I am pretty impressed with the way they bowled in the first two Test matches in Australia. They could have had a bit more luck, I guess.”Lillee picked the Australian quicks ahead of Indians, adding that Nathan Lyon’s addition helps with the workload.”I think both the teams have got very good pace attacks. But, in my opinion, Australia’s pace attack, on the day and on song, are the better one.”And they are lucky enough to have a very good off-spinner who backs them up, keeps the pressure on, bowls lot of overs. That helps too.”In fact, India have a top spinning option in Ashwin too and I am sure the Test that is coming up in Melbourne will see each side having three good fast bowlers and a quality spinner. That will be excellent to watch, I am looking forward to it.”Also Read | Australia branding Kohli a villain like pot calling the kettle black: Aakash ChopraAlso Read | Mitchell Starc hopes new Melbourne pitch produces lively Test encounter vs IndiaAlso See:last_img

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