ICC World Cup 2019: Brian Lara Praises Virat Kohli, Calls Him a Run Machine
Indian National Cricket Team skipper Virat Kohli will enter the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales as the top-ranked ODI batsman. The Indian National Cricket Team will pin their hopes on skipper Virat Kohli to lead the team from the front. Former Windies skipper Brian Lara has heaped praise on the talismanic run-scorer calling him a machine.
Kohli is a run-machine: Lara
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has been in scintillating form with the bat and has often drawn comparisons with legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar. His conversion rates are very high and will look to be at his very best in the marquee event. Moreover, since the 2015 World Cup, Kohli has scored the most number of runs in the last four years. The talismanic run-scorer has amassed 4306 runs from 69 games at a staggering average of 78.29 and has made a habit of breaking records.
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Brian Lara praised Virat Kohli, saying that he has changed the perception of how people thought about cricketers in 1980-90s. Kohli has also changed the definition of fitness and spends time in the gym. Lara also called Kohli a run-machine as he has chipped with significant contributions in all the games.
“He is a machine. He has brought a different cricketer to the table than what we were accustomed to back in the 80s and 90s. Fitness was always important, but it wasn’t as important as it has become now. He is someone who spends time in the gym and shows working on your fitness is the key. He is pretty much a run-machine,” Lara told IANS.
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Furthermore, Brian Lara refrained himself from comparing Virat Kohli with Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli has always admitted that he looks forward to Tendulkar and draws inspiration from him. In conclusion, Lara said that Kohli is an inspiration and an example to the young generation cricketers.
Virat Kohli-led India team will begin their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa at Southampton.
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