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Australian cricketers name World’s best batsman

Kohli is scaling new heights after every match that he plays.

Justin Langer
Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

The debate about the best batsman in the world is a never ending one. However, when one is asked about the best contemporary batsman, there are no second thoughts about it. Virat Kohli is the irresistible number one at the moment and no one would dare of contradicting the same. The 29-year-old has been unbelievably consistent across all the three formats over the last few years.

His records are just mind-boggling and there are often comparisons made with the likes of Sir Viv Richards and Sachin Tendulkar. The Indian skipper, on Wednesday, reached the 10,000 ODI runs mark while playing the 2nd ODI against the Windies. He got there in just 205 innings, the fastest ever.

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Ricky Ponting justifies why Kohli is the best

Virat Kohli has been scoring runs all around the globe. Undoubtedly, he is at the prime of his career, and there could be even better things that are to come. He registered two consecutive centuries in the first two ODIs of the Windies series and got his ODI century tally to 37 now. Furthermore, he has got 61 international centuries already and there is a long career ahead of him.

Former Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting, when asked about the best batsman in the world at the moment, had no hesitations in naming Virat.

“Best player in the world right now, in my opinion, is Virat Kohli. Just his all-round skills across all three formats,” he said. Also, women cricketers Meg Lanning, Elyse Villani, former opener and current Aussie coach Justin Langer, Brad Hodge, Andy Maher, Tim Paine opined the same. The only person who had second thoughts about it was James Brayshaw. He said that Virat has to be the best, but only in the absence of Steve Smith.

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