Before Royal Challengers Bangalore’s match against Punjab Kings on Thursday, April 20, ace batter Virat Kohli discussed the greatest cricketers to ever compete in the Indian Premier League. The 34-year-old also responded to a number of other challenging questions, including, among many others, who, in his opinion, is the greatest all-rounder and who his favorite IPL opponent is.
But his selections for the GOATs of the IPL are getting a lot of attention on social media. While MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Chris Gayle, and David Warner are among the best players he has played alongside, Virat Kohli feels that AB de Villiers and Lasith Malinga are the true GOATs of the lucrative league.
“It’s a difficult one. When asked to pick the GOAT of the IPL on JioCinema, Virat responded, “I think for me it’s between AB de Villiers and Malinga.
My favorite rival is Chennai Super Kings, according to Kohli
The competition’s Chennai Super Kings were also named as the top-order batter’s favorite foe. According to Kohli, playing against the four-time champs is always enjoyable because of their big fan following.
“Due to its enormous fan base, I’d say Chennai. It’s exciting,” said Virat Kohli. Shane Watson was named by the cricketer as the best all-around player who participated in the competition. Notably, the former cricketer from Australia has participated in 145 games in the championship, recording 3874 runs and 92 wickets at an economy rate of 7.93. He was a key contributor to Chennai Super Kings’ 2018 IPL championship, and the 41-year-old has previously played under Virat Kohli.
Surprisingly, Virat chose Ambati Rayudu to be the most underrated cricketer in competitive history. With 193 games under his belt, the 37-year-old has amassed 4264 runs with a strike rate of 127.44. Although he is now representing Chennai Super Kings in the tournament, he has yet to display his class.