Virat Kohli right guy to take Indian cricket forward, Ben Stokes is best cricketer now: Botham
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Published: May 29, 2020 12:09:50 am

Kohli Virat Kohli is the perfect captain for India, stated Ian Botham. (File Photo)

Legendary English all-rounder Ian Botham says captain Virat Kohli is the “right guy” to take Indian cricket ahead however charges Ben Stokes because the world’s best participant in the meanwhile.

“Virat takes the game to the opposition, he takes a stand for his players. I would have loved to play against him. He is the right guy to take Indian cricket forward,” Botham stated throughout an internet chat session with Playwrite Foundation.

One of the sport’s best all-rounders, Botham has represented England with distinction throughout a stellar profession, the spotlight of which was heroics within the 1981 Ashes collection.

Botham had his take on the controversy across the best all-rounder between former participant Andrew Flintoff and England’s World Cup hero Ben Stokes.

“Ben (Stokes) is better than a mile to Freddy (Andrew Flintoff). Ben Stokes is the closest version of me, he plays like me with his heart on his sleeve. Flintoff was good but Stokes is just exceptional. He is the best cricketer in the world now,” he stated.

Botham, who was a part of the well-known all-rounder quartet of the 1980s together with Kapil Dev, Richard Hadlee and Imran Khan, stated that he is privileged to have performed in that period.

“It was a privilege to play in that period. We spoilt the followers for round 10-15 years. I don’t assume world cricket has seen so many all-rounders rubbing shoulders on the similar time.

“In every tour I used to see what Richard has done, what Kaps (Kapil) has done, what Immi (Imran) has done. There was a great rivalry,” the previous England captain stated.

He added, “All-rounders can’t be manufactured, they don’t develop on timber. The workload is double and it clearly takes a toll in your physique.

“Just imagine, Kapil? the amount of bowling he did on those Indian pitches, which had very little to offer, that too in the scorching heat of Chennai and Delhi. I can’t see anyone in the present generation being able to do that,” Botham stated.

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