Australia fast bowling great Brett Lee has said that thanks to his incredible record across formats, it is hard to ignore and look past India captain Virat Kohli when talking about the modern greats of the game.
Praising the India captain's "great mindset" and "great cricket brain", Lee feels Virat Kohli is only getting better with age. Lee’s statement comes amidst the never-ending debate of who is the best batsman amongst the current generation which features the likes of Steve Smith, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Babar Azam, and others.
"When you look at the recent greats, it is hard to look past Virat Kohli. What an incredible record he has got. He is only getting better with age. He has got a great mindset, a great cricket brain as well," Brett Lee said in an International Cricket Council (ICC) media release.
Virat Kohli has an incredible record in all formats of the game with 7490 runs in 91 Tests, 12169 runs in 254 Tests, 3159 runs in 90 T20Is with a total of 70 centuries, and an average of above 50 in all three formats. He reigned for a long time as the no.1 ranked Test batsman and is expected to break quite a few batting records by the time he retires.
The ex-Australian quick, who was asked about his favorite batter, failed to choose between Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara.
"My favorite Test batters from the time that I was playing would be Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara," said Lee.