James Pattinson names Virat Kohli as his first choice in a World XI team

When asked about the bowlers he idolised while growing up, Pattinson came up with three names.

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Aussie Pacer James Pattinson has made his entry into the Test cricket scenario in outstanding fashion. The bowler justified his spot in his debut match by picking a five-for which promised of a bright future for the bowler. In an exclusive interview with Cricinfo, Pattinson revealed the name of the bowlers he used to follow in his younger days as a bowler.

The interview:

When asked about the bowlers he idolised while growing up, Pattinson came up with three names. Pattinson revealed that he was a big admirer of South African speedster Dale Steyn He added that it was a treat to watch the lethal pacer’s actions and movements. Pattinson also stated that getting a chance to play against the red hot Dale Steyn was an honour for the bowler. Pattinson also named Aussie legends Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee as his other two favourites.

“I loved watching Dale Steyn bowl. Then getting to play against him was something pretty special – seeing the way he moves and goes about things. And obviously, being an Australian, seeing Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath bowl in tandem was pretty exciting.” Said James Pattinson.

Pattinson was also asked about the first name that he would go for if he was asked to line up a World XI and the big guy came up with a perfect answer. The bowler who is known for hitting the deck hard, named Indian skipper Virat Kohli as his first choice in the team. The answer did not come as a surprise considering Virat Kohli’s talent as a cricketer and his glorious achievements at a young age. The batsman is definitely one of the best batsmen of the current generation, if not the best.

“Probably Virat Kohli.” Pattinson answered.

James Pattinson has featured in 17 Test matches for the Kangaroos while he has 15 ODI caps under his belt. Picking up 70 Test wickets in those matches he has made a mark in the longest format of the game. He is yet to announce himself completely in the ODI’s as we believe the best is yet to come from the bowler.