Virat Kohli is the best all-time one-day batsman: Aaron Finch

Virat Kohli is the best all-time one-day batsman: Aaron Finch

Finch is impressed with Kohli's consistency across formats in international cricket.

Aaron Finch of Australia and Virat Kohli of India
Aaron Finch of Australia and Virat Kohli of India. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Aaron Finch, the Australian ODI and T20I skipper, has named Virat Kohli as the greatest cricketer in the one-day format of the game. Kohli has been a consistent performer for India over a decade and has tasted loads of success after he took over from MS Dhoni as the skipper of the national team. Nearing 32, Kohli is speculated to break more records going by the talent he has.

Finch reckons that the Delhi-born Virat has shown a stupendous level of consistency across formats for an extended time period. His words can’t be dismissed as Kohli is the only batsman in the world with an average over 50 in all of ODI, Test and T20I cricket.

Finch lauds Virat Kohli

“I think what’s been so impressive for so long has been his consistency across the three formats. I think he is probably the best player of all time in One Day cricket. But that’s one thing, but for that to also be in Test cricket and T20 cricket as a rounded player is remarkable,” Finch was quoted as saying on the latest edition of the show ‘Sony Ten Pit Stop’.

Finch said that Kohli has been exceptional in handling pressure, giving his best in what he has done on the field of play. The Victorian also said that like some of the greatest batters in the world, Kohli doesn’t fail for two series in a row.

“Every player, regardless of who he is, has a bad series. But very rarely do you see Kohli, Smith or even going back Ponting, Sachin – these guys don’t have two bad series in a row. Just the ability to do it day in and day out, with the amount of expectations, the amount of pressure, to give their absolute best,” the Aussie captain added.

Finch stated that captaining a country like India where people are passionate about the sport is a difficult task. Moreover, Finch was of the opinion that Dhoni’s inputs have helped Virat immensely to succeed at the highest level. In 2014, Virat replaced Dhoni as the Test skipper and in 2017, he became the captain in all the three formats.