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Virat Kohli would have smashed me around the park, says Shane Warne

"He is an absolute superstar of the world game."

Shane Warne
Shane Warne. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

The Australian bowling sensation, Shane Warne has once again praised the Indian skipper heavily. The spin wizard believes that even in his prime days, it would have been difficult to get Virat Kohli out and he would have smashed him out of the park without dropping much sweat.

Warne further went on saying that Virat Kohli brings passion to the game and that is one of many reasons why he’s a fan of this 30-year-old cricketer. He also said that Kohli is a terrific leader and brings a lot to this India line up.

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“Well I bowled to Virat a few times and I did get him out. But he must have been only 15 or something when he started. Every time you bowl to the best you want to test yourself against the best. I am sure Virat would have smashed me around the park, just about every time I played but maybe, I would have got him out once or twice.” said the former Australian leg-spinner, Shane Warne.

“I am a huge fan of Virat. What he brings to the world game is passion. He’s not someone who just toes the line and says what he is meant to say, he says what he feels. He is passionate, he is emotional. And I love that, his cricket, what he brings to the table. I love that he is a terrific leader of men,” Warne told India Today in an exclusive interview.

Warne further went on saying that Virat’s love for Test Cricket makes him so special. Maintaining the same set of standards in every formats makes Kohli a delight to watch.

“He is an absolute superstar of the world game. And he loves Test cricket so I really respect that as an old-time player who loves Test cricket. I love that he is really pushing it and making it the best form of the game. That’s not to say T20 is not fun, it’s awesome, ODI cricket is awesome,” he added.

Picked Two Favourites for World Cup

Picking India and England as the two favourites for the World Cup, Warne underlined the value of MS Dhoni to this side. He believed India needed the experience of the former captain in crunch moments.

“MS Dhoni for me is in the side. For me, he can bat at number four, five, six depending on any situation. So he is definitely the wicket-keeper for me in the team. You need that experience in the squad to win a World Cup. You need your big players to perform well and if India are going to win the World Cup they need Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and MS Dhoni to perform as well as guys like Bhuvi and Bumrah need to perform really well, “ Warne concluded.

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