England batsman Joe Root is all praise for India Test skipper Virat Kohli. He says he admires the way the Delhi batsman constructs his innings and wants to emulate him in the way he contributes in all three formats of the game.
Kohli was in the thick of the action during day one of the second Test against England at Visakhapatnam, scoring an unbeaten 151. He put on 226 runs for the third wicket with Ajinkya Rahane to ensure that his team ended the day in prime position on 317 for the loss of four wickets.
"I think Virat is always looking to improve his game. You see his form in white ball cricket. His record has been phenomenal over the last 12 months. In Test cricket, he has already done some special things while captaining the side. He is a great leader on the field and he is a good person to learn from, from an opponent's point of view as well", Root told BCCI.tv.
The India Test skipper has a fine record in all three formats of the game and has scored 7,570 runs in One Day Internationals (ODIs) at an average of 52.93 along with 1,657 runs in 45 Twenty20 matches, which makes him very dangerous in any form of cricket. This is what Root wants to learn from Kohli, the way to contribute consistently, be it any form of the game.
"I think he is obviously a fine player. The way he can construct the innings in both white and red ball cricket and make contributions across the three formats, is really impressive. That's the way I try to do and hopefully I can emulate and take it forward for the rest of the years", the England batsman added.
Kohli will be looking to score his third double Test ton on the second day, having previously scored doubles against the West Indies and New Zealand earlier this year.