Virat Kohli is the greatest-ever ODI batsman, says Michael Clarke

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first_imgVirat Kohli is the greatest-ever ODI batsman, says Michael ClarkeFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke said one has to respect Virat Kohli’s passion for the game and that the India captain’s commitment is unquestionable.advertisement Press Trust of India MelbourneJanuary 20, 2019UPDATED: January 20, 2019 14:32 IST Virat Kohli has already scored 39 ODI hundreds and is on course to break a few of Sachin Tendulkar’s records (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMichael Clarke heaped praise on Virat Kohli, saying the India captain’s passion for the sport is peerlessClarke also said MS Dhoni will be effective wherever he bats for India in ODIsMS Dhoni won his first Man of the Series award in 8 years as India beat Australia 2-1 in ODIsThat Virat Kohli is destined to be among the pantheons of all-time greats is an oft-repeated assertion but for former Australia captain Michael Clarke, the India skipper is already the “greatest ODI batsman to have ever played the game”.Kohli, the world’s no.1 Test, and ODI batsman, led India through a historic tour of Australia, during which the team won the Test and ODI rubbers and drew the T20 International series.Kohli’s India was the first team ever not to lose any series Down Under and along the way, he continued to add to his rapidly-rising count of international hundreds.”To me, Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman to have ever played one-day cricket. I have no doubts after seeing what he has achieved for India,” Clarke, himself a former World Cup-winning captain, told PTI in an interview.Kohli has already scored 10,385 runs in 219 ODIs with an astounding average of 59 plus, including 39 hundreds.An unabashed Kohli fan, Clarke said that the 30-year-old Indian’s passion is unmatchable.”You have to respect Virat’s passion to win games for his country. Yes, he has aggression but no one can question his commitment, how much he has achieved. He is the greatest in ODIs,” Clarke said.MS Dhoni knows how to react to any given situation: ClarkeWhile Kohli’s craft continues to evoke awe, his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s current form has the cricketing world divided.Dhoni’s style of batsmanship in ODIs, no longer as aggressive as it used to be, has been a matter of concern but for Clarke, the 37-year-old former India captain should be left alone to play his game.advertisement”MS knows how to react to any given situation. He has played 300 plus ODIs so he knows how to go about his job,” Clarke said.But would Dhoni have been as effective as he was in the third ODI against Australia if the target would have been 330 instead of 230?”I think he would have played differently. It was 230 and he had a particular strategy and it would have been different if the target would have been bigger,” he said.”Look at his approach in the second game in Adelaide and the third game in Melbourne. It was different,” Clarke said.Asked what should be Dhoni’s batting position in the World Cup, Clarke said, “Any position 4, 5 or 6. He is good enough to bat at any position and I believe Virat will use him accordingly.”Also Read | Hardik Pandya will definitely be part of India’s World Cup squad: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Glenn Maxwell should lead Australia at World Cup 2019, says Mitchell JohnsonAlso Read | 2019 World Cup: India looking at Rishabh Pant as backup top-order batsmanAlso Read | Pujara hundreds, Pant banter and Dhoni 2.0: Recapping India’s historic Australia tourAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Michael ClarkeFollow MS DhoniFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India cricket teamFollow 2019 Cricket World Cuplast_img read more


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President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ruled out holding discussions with university lecturers until they suspend their strike action.Speaking to newspaper editors at a meeting today the President also charged that most of the demands put forward by the lecturers have been politically motivated. The President further noted that the government will not be able to meet the demands by the university lecturer for higher salaries as the budget for 2012 is to be presented in November. University lecturers have been agitating for several months over salary anomalies and other issues. The government had decided yesterday to open universities which had been closed during the strike but the lecturers said they will not return to work. (Colombo Gazette)