Australia spin legend Shane Warne has joined in on the debate over who the best batsman in the world is, claiming India stalwart Virat Kohli is a superior player to South Africa's AB de Villiers.
Kohli himself said after the Royal Challengers Banaglore’s stunning win in an eliminator against the Gujarat Lions, that the South African skipper was the best. De Villiers thrilled onlookers as he powered RCB to an unlikely win, but Warne has cited Kohli’s consistency as the reason he disagrees with the India maestro’s verdict.
In an interview with theringsideview.com Warne said: "De Villiers is a 360 degree player. He plays reverses, the laps and all those sort of things but hasn't really played too many of 'those' innings Virat Kohli has played."
Warne added: "Kohli's determination and finding a way during crunch games just puts him ahead of de Villiers."
Warne is an admirer of Kohli’s orthodox style, and speaking of Kohli’s 113 against the Kings XI Punjab Warne said "Even the innings the other day, there wasn't one reverse shot. There was nothing funky, there were just cricket shots. It needs an amazing amount of skill to do that consistently in T20 cricket."
Warne was critical of De Villiers improvisation. "He outsmarts himself too much and tries too many unbelievable shots."
The former Oz spinner is in awe of Kohli’s numbers: "If you look at their records, Virat Kohli has done it, he has an average of more than 100 when chasing score, that's just insane to see that sort of numbers."
Kohli and De Villiers will be in action in the IPL final for Bangalore. Kohli is the current holder of the IPLs Orange Cap, awarded to the tournaments leading run-scorer, and it would take something highly improbable for him to not finish as the IPLs top scorer this season.