Royal Challengers Bangalore Virat Kohli plays a shot during the IPL T20 match against Gujarat Lions at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Mumbai - Delhi-born batsman has smashed three centuries in the ongoing ninth edition of the IPL
New Zealand skipper and Sunrisers Hyderabad star batsman Kane Williamson heaped praise on Indian run-machine Virat Kohli, saying that the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain is a great player whom he admires a lot.
India Test skipper Kohli has been in the form of his life over the past couple of months for his national side as well as his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, RCB.
After winning the man of the tournament award in the recent World Twenty20, the Delhi-born batsman has smashed three centuries in the ongoing ninth edition of the cash-rich IPL and is the leading scorer with 677 runs.
After bringing up his maiden T20 ton against Gujarat Lions, he followed it up with a second against Rising Pune Supergiants and on Saturday the 27-year-old blasted 109 runs off just 55 balls against Gujarat.
"He (Kohli) is a great player. He is a player certainly whom I admire a lot, obviously like a lot of others do. It is his ability in T20 cricket and other formats and how he adapts from one format to the other all round the world is an incredible thing," Williamson told IANS in an exclusive interview.
"Consistent as he is in T20 cricket, there may be no other player like him at the moment, but, well, there is David Warner who is also able to do that; it is also about keeping the benchmark for other players to strive to," he added.
The 25-year-old, who led the New Zealanders to the semifinal stage in the 2015 World T20, is known to be a calm and composed skipper. When asked to comment on Kohli's aggressive nature on the field, he said, "I think he is comfortable the way he is, and plays the game his way."
Williamson also lauded IPL teammate and India's veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh, after the latter returned to the side with some good scores following his ankle injury which he sustained at the World T20.
"Yuvraj has been great. It is always nice to have him in the team and part of the squad. His contribution within the team has been exceptional, also to mention his batting ability. Certainly when he has got the opportunity he has gone out and played to the team's plan and played very well," he said.
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Virat Kohli is the leading scorer with 677 runs this IPL. — PTI
Yuvraj Singh struck 42 off 24 balls to take Sunrisers Hyderabad to victory over Punjab on Sunday. — PTI