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I am a big fan of Kohli and love watching him: Shane Warne

By Rashmi Nanda -

Australian spin legend Shane Warne said that Indian skipper Virat Kohli is the undeniably the No.1 batsman in the world as well he is better than AB de Villiers among others in Pune on Wednesday.

Warne regarded as one of the best bowlers in the history of the game,  said that the Indian skipper is a mix of greats like Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, and Brian Lara.

At the moment, Kohli is in prolific form with the bat, and India is on an unbeaten winning streak of 19 Test matches with six consecutive Test series wins under his captaincy.

During a discussion at SporTale, which is the first sports-themed literary festival of India, Warne said, "Virat Kohli is the number one batsman in the world. It is uncanny how he has scored so many international hundreds and so quickly. He has the swag of Viv Richards; he is like Tendulkar or Lara. I am a big fan of his and love watching him. He is a bit of a mongrel as a captain and aggressive too and I love that about him. He is different."

The former leg-spinner also had his say about the ongoing four-match Test series between India and Australia, “India are huge favorites in the upcoming series. They have had a remarkable run and are always difficult to beat at home. We won against them in 2004 but after that, we have failed to repeat the same. Australia nowadays relies on too few which is a bit of a problem. There is too much reliance on Steve Smith and David Warner and this series will be an opportunity for the others to step up.”

He further added, "The series is going to be very close than what people think. Australia has to go in with an attacking mindset. This will be the sort of series where you need to attack. There is a risk of being bowled and losing but the best chance is to attack."

Warne said that he loved watching Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bowl. He stated on this, "Jadeja usually bowls into the rough which becomes hard to play and Ashwin is the best bowler in the world currently. I love watching Ashwin bowl. He has aggression and patience at the same time."

Warne added that Mark Taylor was the best captain he played under and Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara were the best batsmen he bowled to.

He added, "I would have loved to captain Australia. I was lucky to have played under a couple of great captains. Allan Border was like a father figure but Mark Taylor was the best tactical captain I played under. Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting were different."