England fast bowler Mark Wood believes it will be a huge challenge for him and all the English bowler when they come up against Virat Kohli when India travels to England in July. India will play 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 3 Test matches on their tour of England and Wood is relishing the challenge of bowling against Kohli.
Answering a fan’s question of who is the best batsman in the world at the moment, Wood said: “There are four standouts for me. Virat Kohli, who I have not bowled at yet – that will be a major challenge when I do.”
“Steve Smith, who has an awkward style and may not look pretty but gets a large volume of runs. Joe Root, I think, is the best-looking player at the crease. And then there is Kane Williamson, someone I have struggled to bowl at. I don’t know why that is”
Wood’s theory is echoed by all the fans and experts around the world as Kohl-Root-Smith-Williamson are grouped as the fab-four of the modern batting era. However, David Warner, AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla are not too far behind when we discuss who is the best batsman in the world at the moment?
Kohli was in an inspired run of form against South Africa by top-scoring in both Test Series (286 runs) and the ODI series (558 runs). Kohli’s brilliance saw India win the ODI series by a sensational 5-1 margin which must concern the English bowlers.
Kohli is currently on top of his game and is confident of scoring runs against any bowling attack under any playing condition. Kohli will be eager to play his best cricket against England and continue India’s dominance over world cricket with another win away from home.
As for Mark Wood, he is currently focusing on getting his fitness back for the ongoing ODI series as he has not played the first 2 games of the series. Wood said that he never likes to play a game where he is only 70-80% fit as it has chances of him getting ruled out for the added length of time.
Wood has suffered an ankle injury and is hoping to make a comeback for the 3rd ODI against New Zealand. The series is currently level at 1-1 with Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan scoring match-winning half-centuries in the 2nd ODI at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.
New Zealand, however, face the possibility of losing out on Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson for rest of the series due to injury concerns. While Williamson did not play the 2nd ODI, Taylor had to leave the field after he suffered a quad strain while fielding.