Virat Kohli in action during a match. File
Former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has said India captain Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the world at the moment and also his favourite.
Chanderpaul was in India a few days back for the Road Safety World Series 2020, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
"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.
On West Indies' chances in the T20 World Cup scheduled to be played in October-November in Australia, he said: "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.
Meanwhile, former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs said that he would like to have Indian captain Virat Kohli as his gym partner for quarantine.
With the coronavirus pandemic spreading around the world, cricket has come to a virtual standstill and the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday tweeted a graphic named "who is your quarantine partner."
Gibbs responded to the tweet saying, "In quarantine , me and @imVkohli going toe to toe in the gym."
Although Kohli's name was there, there was no option related to working out in the gym on the graphic. Kohli had famously called Gibbs his favourite cricketer during his days as an U19 cricketer.
Agarwal’s fitness tips
Indian Test opener Mayank Agarwal is making the most of his time at home with workout sessions as gyms remain closed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Agarwal posted a series of pictures of him working out in the lawn and at home, doing strength training exercises.
"#TeamIndia opener @mayankcricket giving us fitness goals from home," the BCCI said in a tweet with the photos.
India's fielding coach R Sridhar was also seen giving his boys fitness tips from home.
In a video shared on Instagram by the Indian cricket team's official handle, Sridhar was seen doing ab exercises.
In a video shared on Instagram by the Indian cricket team, the official handle, Sridhar is seen doing ab exercises.
"Stay indoors and stay fit. Our fielding coach @coach_rsridhar giving us major fitness goals from home," the post said.
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