Aaron Finch, the limited-overs skipper of the Australian team has heaped praise on his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli for his consistency in all three formats as batsman. Furthermore, he also talked highly about the ‘impressive’ way Kohli has led the team in recent years.
“Every player, regardless of who it is, has a bad series. But very very rarely do you see Kohli, [Steve] Smith, even going back [Ricky] Ponting, Sachin [Tendulkar)], these guys they don’t have two bad series in a row,” Finch said on the Sony Ten Pit Stop show.
“The pressure of playing for India is one but also leading India is another and the way he [Kohli] has done it, so consistently for a long time. “And taking over from [MS] Dhoni , the leadership, that is huge. The expectations were high and he kept delivering and I think that that is the most impressive thing,” he added.
Explaining further, Finch spoke about the ‘remarkable’ way Kohli has maintained his composure in both white ball and eed ball cricket.
“What has been so impressive for so long is just his consistency across three formats. To be the best player of all-time in ODI cricket is one thing but then to also be in Test cricket and T20 cricket as a rounded player that is remarkable,”he said.
Meanwhile, discussing about the much talked-about saliva ban by the ICC in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Finch said players need to find ‘different ways’ to shine the ball.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone in England or the West Indies camp on how that’s [saliva ban] going to go. But that is something that the players have to adapt to over the next couple of months [or] however long that it lasts. Finding different ways to shine the ball, because I think naturally, just out of instinct or habit, you lick the fingers and you rub the ball.
“So I am sure there will be some inadvertent mistakes. Everyone has to be really flexible and accommodating and understand that things are going to be different to what they were four months ago,” added the 33-year-old batsman.
The upcoming three-Test series between England and West Indies, which is starting on July 8 in Southampton, will be the much-awited resumption of the sport in the post COVID-19 era.