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Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the world and can get under your skin: Tim Paine

By Bet Barter

May 14, 2021

Australian Test captain Tim Paine stated that Virat Kohli is challenging to play against as he gets under the skin of the opposition. Indian captain Virat Kohli is undoubtedly the greatest batsman to have ever played the sport. Virat Kohli's records across all the formats of the game are nothing but sensational. Be it playing a marathon inning in Test matches or scoring swift runs in T20Is, Kohli rose to every challenge that came his way. While the 32-year-old cricketer has heaped runs against several oppositions, Australia has to be one of his most favorite sides.

Team India's sideshows distracted Australia during the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy: Tim Paine

Tim Paine was in a conversation with Adam Gilchrist and Tim Gossage on the "Gilly and Goss" podcast. During the discussion, he was asked to say something positive about Indian skipper Virat Kohli. In response, the Australian captain heaped praises on Virat Kohli and also called him the best batsman in the world. Talking about Virat Kohli's competitive nature, Paine claimed that Kohli is challenging to play against as he gets under the skin of the opposition. Recently, the 36-year-old grabbed the headlines but for all the wrong reasons. Tim Paine stated that team India's sideshows distracted Australia during the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and that is why his side lost the home Test series by 2-1. Unsurprisingly, Tim Paine's comments didn't go down well with the Indian cricket fans, and they trolled the Australian cricketer on social media.

India's run machine, Virat Kohli, has the second-highest number of centuries and the highest number of centuries in run-chases globally. The right-handed batsman holds the world record for being the fastest cricketer to score 10,000 and 11,000 runs in ODI cricket, reaching the feats in 205 and 222 innings, respectively. He has 7490 runs in 91 in the purest format of the game. Virat Kohli is the only batsman to average over 50 across all the formats of the game. He also has 3159 runs in T20Is, which is the most by any batsman. Having reached the number one position in the ICC rankings for ODI batters for the first time in 2013, Virat Kohli also found success in the game's shortest format. He grabbed the Man of the Tournament twice at the ICC World Twenty20 (in 2014 and 2016).

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