Virat Kohli Special Blend of Consistency, Power: Matthew Hayden

Updated: 30 May 2016 21:46 IST

Virat Kohli scored over 900 runs in the recently concluded Indian Premier League, which included four hundreds, but ended on the losing side after the Royal Challengers Bangalore went down to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the summit clash.

Virat Kohli Special Blend of Consistency, Power: Matthew Hayden
Virat Kohli is the only batsman to score four hundreds in a single edition of Indian Premier League. © BCCI

Mumbai:

Former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden on Monday heaped praise on Virat Kohli, saying that the current India Test skipper is a special blend of consistency and power while batting.

"Virat is a special blend of consistency, power, his presence of mind, and his passion for the game. I think those elements are addictive in a personality," Hayden told reporters in Mumbai.

Kohli, who is in his form of life, scored over 900 runs in the recently concluded IPL, which included four hundreds, but ended on the losing side last night after the Royal Challengers Bangalore lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the summit clash.

Hayden, known for his aggression during his playing days, was present for the Ceat Cricket Rating awards function here. "The game needs to have big personalities, big characters that allow the game and followers to almost polarise an audience. Cricket lovers like Kohli arguing with the umpires and engaging in sort of more combative style which is appropriate to Australian cricket," Hayden said.

"But his (Kohli's) nature and we love that about him. We would love him for that and we do like people that way they are hard on their sleeves," said the former opening batsman. Hayden described his compatriot and opener David Warner as "passionate, so determined, incredibly skillful and obviously more powerful than Virat".

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Topics mentioned in this article India Cricket Team Royal Challengers Bangalore Matthew Hayden Virat Kohli Cricket
Highlights
  • Kohli scored 973 runs in IPL 2016
  • He also scored four centuries in IPL 2016
  • He is the skipper of Royal Challengers Bangalore
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