The legendary West Indies batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, was in India a few days ago for the Road Safety World Series 2020, however, due to Coronavirus outbreak, the series which featured legends from different parts of the world, got postponed.
Chanderpaul played 164 Tests, 268 ODIs and 22 T20Is, in which the left-handed batsman accumulated 11867, 8778, and 343 runs, respectively. In 2015, he decided to hang his boots and bid farewell to international cricket.
While Chanderpaul was in India, he revealed that Indian captain Virat Kohli is his favourite cricketer at present. The southpaw said he is an avid follower of the sport and a big admirer of Kohli. Chanderpaul hailed Kohli as the best batsman in the world.
“Obviously, it’s Virat Kohli. He has been working on all the aspects of his game, and the results are showing. He is working hard on his fitness; he works on his skills. You see him putting in the hard work, and he is one of those guys who always wants to do well. He’s proven it, day in and day out. You have to give credit to him for that. It’s not easy to stay at the top of your game for so long. You got to put in your work, and the results are showing,” Chanderpaul told Sportstar.
When it comes to the upcoming T20 World Cup scheduled to take place in Australia later this year, the 45-year-old showed confidence in the West Indies side and said they would put up an energetic show in the mega event.
Chanderpaul also opined that the Caribbean side always has an edge in the shortest format of the game as the team has required firepower and match-winners.
“Well, West Indies have always had players for the shorter format. Yet again, it all depends on how well you perform on that day because, in the T20 format, anybody could win on that day. We always have a lot of match-winners, that’s the good thing about us. With the power hitters, good bowlers — they play a major part in the shorter format. So, we still have one of the best T20 squads around. But we still have to go out and play well to win matches. Don’t take anyone lightly, play as hard as we can, and we will win,” Chanderpaul added.