Kohli, best young batsman in the world: Slater

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Published: Friday, February 10, 2012, 14:03 [IST]
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Kohli, the best young batsman: Slater

Sydney, Feb 10: Former Australian opener, Michael Slater is impressed with India's talented youngster Virat Kohli as he remarked, the Delhi lad is currently the best young batsman in the world.

"The thing that impresses me about Kohli is his technique. If you look at all the upcoming batsmen in the world, they have techniques for Twenty20 cricket and not Tests," Slater, who is associated with one of the broadcasting TV channel as a commentator said after the youngster inspired India to a four-wicket win in the second one dayer of the tri-series against Sri Lanka at Perth on Wednesday.

Virat Kohli, is the only batsman to have a scored a century in the recently concluded Test series against Australia which saw the visitors surrender meekly as they lost it 0-4, without putting upa a fight.

The youngster kept his cool, as he guided India to a victory with his impressive 77 against Sri Lanka in the second match of the tri-series.

"The way Kohli goes back and across should be the foundation of batting, but nowadays, youngsters stay besides the ball to open the shots on the off side," added Slater, the former Aussie who played 74 Tests and amassed 5312 runs at 42.83.

A few months ago, experts criticized his technique, and said he was unable to put the short balls away. However, he went on to prove them wrong with a magnificent century in the Adelaide Test, after scoring 75 runs in the second innings at Perth.

"I have watched a lot of him on TV in ODI cricket, and the Indian media is constantly behind his inability to play the short ball. But as the tour progressed, he has looked more comfortable. That means he's learning quickly, which is great for India."

After scoring a brilliant 77, he suffered from cramps on Wednesday as everyone including Slater hopes that he will be fit for the crucial game against Australia Sunday.

"Let's hope he is fit for the next game. He has the potential to score lots of runs in this series," added Slater.


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