Colombo: Aug 13, 2012
Virat Kohli’s meteoric rise in recent times has prompted the Sri Lankan cricket team to devise a game plan for the Indian batsman ahead of next month’s T20 World Cup, according to opener Tillakaratne Dilshan.
“We are not meeting them in the first round. If we have to meet India in the Super Eights or the semifinals then we have to plan against him,” said Dilshan.
Dilshan, who is leading the Basnahira Cricket Dundee side in the inaugural edition of the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL), rated Kohli as one of the best young players in world cricket at the moment.
“He is batting really well not just the last month but since the 2011 World Cup. He is scoring heavily and enjoying a great form. He is one of the best young players I have ever seen. For me, if he continues to bat like this then it’s not easy to get him out.
“We planned for him in the recently played series but it was not easy to get him out. Twenty20 is a different format as compared to 50-over. He is a fantastic player and playing really good cricket at the moment,” the Sri Lankan added.
Kohli has scored 3,886 runs in 90 ODIs with an average of 51.81. He plundered 296 runs, including two centuries, against Sri Lanka in the just concluded five-match ODI series.
The Delhi batsman has so far played eight Tests, scoring 491 runs at an average of 32.73, with his best being 116 against Australia at Adelaide earlier this year.