Australia pacer Jhye Richardson has been one of the most consistent and reliable fast-bowling options for his nation in limited-overs cricket.
Richardson has already missed too much cricket due to a terrible shoulder injury he endured last year. The injury ruled him out of ICC World Cup 2019 and the Ashes. However, he did make a comeback last year, played a couple of ODI series, but was still unable to commit in the field thoroughly.
The prolonged break due to COVID-19 was a boon for the speedster as he got ample time to get his surgery done and recover in the meantime.
The 23-year-old is now looking forward to playing in the Big Bash League (BBL) this December.
In a recent podcast, Richardson was asked to name the best batsman he has ever bowled to in his career.
“Virat Kohli without a doubt,” was an instant reply from Richardson and he went on to explain his rationale behind picking Kohli over Rohit Sharma.
“He (Virat Kohli) bats with so much energy and you can tell he’s on a different level than anyone else you bowl to. Even in the Indian team when you’ve got the Rohit Sharma’s and all but Kohli’s at a different level,” said Richardson.
“He hits the ball in areas that you can’t even imagine. You can tell that he pushes the other guys in the team to sort of step up when he’s batting with them. He’s unbelievable. He can change a game like that.”
When it comes to a one-on-one battle, the Aussie has dismissed the Indian skipper on four occasions in ODI cricket.
“There were a few times that I bowled to him in India post their Australian tour, as soon as I came on to bowl, it’s like he wanted to take me down straight away. He was in the fight from ball 1. I felt I was on the backfoot,” concluded Richardson.