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Kohli is the greatest ODI player of all time: Finch

Written by Abhishek Patil

India’s tour of Australia will kick off with an ODI series on November 27. Ahead of the first ODI, Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch heaped praise on his Indian counterpart, hailing him as the ‘greatest ODI player of all time’.

Finch, who recently played under Kohli for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, said that there weren’t too many chinks in Kohli’s armour and hailed him as the best all-time player in the 50-over format.

“When you go away from that and you look to contain players you can miss a trick there. There’s not too many chinks in his armour. He’s probably the best one-day player of all time so it’s about sticking to our plans and being really committed in that regard,” Finch said ahead of the opening ODI.

Kohli is one of the most prolific run-scorers in world cricket and his records in all formats of the game speak volumes about his ability. The oppositions have to find new ways to dismiss Kohli and Australia are no different.

“If you look at his record it’s second to none. It really is remarkable. I think what we have to keep in mind is that we have to keep looking to get him out,” Finch added.

Australia have a strong squad at their disposal with the presence of three all-rounders in Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh.

“What Maxi’s shown in T20 cricket in particular is his bowling keeps improving all the time. I think Marcus Stoinis has proved that as well with the amount of exposure he’s had over the past couple of years bowling at the death, it’s really important for us and it gives us a lot of flexibility in there,” Finch said.

The opening ODI between the two teams will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 27.

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