Former England captain Michael Brearley heaped praises on India skipper Virat Kohli. Brearley, who played 39 Test matches for England, termed Virat Kohli as “sort of genius batsman”.
“He (Kohli) is a wonderful batsman, the best batsman in the world. He averages over 50 (and) has a very good rate of scoring in T20s, One Day Internationals and Test cricket. He forms a bridge between these different forms of batting and brings classic batsmanship to T20 cricket. I think he is sort of a genius as a batsman,” Brearley said.
Michael Brearley also applauded the Indian bowlers. The former opener said he was impressed by Indian bowling unit during their recently concluded tour to England.
“I think they (India) are probably as good as ever as they have been going to Australia. Their top bowlers are very, very good and we were all impressed by them in England,” Brearley said.
Michael Brearley also backed the International Cricket Council’s proposed World Test Championship. Brearley feels Test Championship would give a much-needed fillip to the longest format of the game.
“It (World Test Championship) will help. They (the concerned authorities) have to do everything they can to help (Test cricket). Day-night Test matches are one thing too. I was very sorry to hear that India refused to play a day-night Test in Adelaide. That was short-sighted,” Brearley told PTI.
When Brearley was asked ICC’s World Test Championship would help the game. He said, “I think the Test Championships will help. What somebody raised in our discussion today, to have proper facilities for people coming to Test matches in India, will (also) help.”
“Making people comfortable in Test matches, marketing Test matches, all these things have to be done as much as possible for Test cricket, finding windows for Test cricket, which will not be interfered by domestic T20 series,” Brearley said on the sidelines of the “Tata Lit Live” festival.