Kohli has 70 international centuries and is regarded as a modern-day great. He is currently in England with the Indian Test team. India will take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) in Southampton from June 18, followed by five Tests against England, beginning August 4.
In an interview with ICC, Lee said about Kohli, “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.”
On Kohli’s captaincy skills, Lee added that he is a very dynamic player and a great influencer. Lee went on to add, “Kohli, he is such a dynamic player, such a great influencer for the team, world-class batter. We know that that's a given. But I think that with his emphasis on how important Test cricket is to him, and his team, and his nation, it is going to weigh in very heavily on him and that will improve his performance.”
“We know that Kohli steps up on the big occasions. And, as you mentioned, he wants to see his side be the first winners of the ICC World Test Championship. It means a lot to him. And I think that will be the talk. Once everything is said and done, once the preparations are done, when they arrive there when the quarantine is done, just before they walk out, I think that will be the last comment - Let us enjoy it but let us become the first side to ever to win this ICC World Test Championship,” he added
According to Lee, fellow Aussie Cummins is his favourite among current bowlers and also the best in the world. He said about the Australian cricketer, “My favourite bowler at the moment is probably Pat Cummins. You might think that I am biased being an Aussie or because he was a former teammate of mine, but what I will say about Pat Cummins is that he is absolute quality.”
“The skills he has got ... he has got a great technique. He has got a wonderful bag of tricks up the sleeve. To me, he is a guy that challenges the bat more often than most bowlers I see around the world,” Lee went on to add.
--By A Cricket Correspondent