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'Kohli aggressive captain; Williamson conservative'

Last updated on: June 04, 2021 21:01 IST

Virat Kohli

IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli. Photograph: BCCI

Former Australian pacer Brett Lee has highlighted the different styles of the captaincy of Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson ahead of the ICC World Test Championship final later this month.


India will take on New Zealand in the WTC final at the Ageas Bowl, in Southampton, from June 18 to 22.

Lee believes Williamson is a bit more conservative in his approach, while Indian skipper Kohli is an aggressive captain. The former Australian pacer also pointed out that the New Zealand skipper waits for the right time to attack.

"Yeah, they are different. Kane is a lot more conservative without being boring. He has got a great cricket brain. I spent a fair bit of time with Kane recently and enjoy his company," said Lee in an ICC media release.

"I think he has got a wonderful cricket brain. I admire his level of calmness. And that is why I said that he is not a boring captain. He is a conservative captain, but attacks when he needs to. And he attacks when he feels it is right.

"Because he is patient, and it works for him and his team. Look at the other side of the ledger, and you look at Kohli, he is more of an aggressive captain," he added.

Lee said the difference in approach of the two captains will add more spice to the WTC final.

"There is no right or wrong answer to any of these because I have played under captains who are conservative and captains who are too aggressive. But this is going to be a great opportunity to see which one comes out on top because they are different," said Lee.

"At the end of the day, they are two amazing cricket brains and that is what I respect. So yeah, it is going to be exciting to see who comes out on top!" he added.

Lee also believes New Zealand might have an advantage over India in the WTC final as the Kiwis are more accustomed to conditions favourable for swing bowling.

The Indians landed in England on Thursday, while New Zealand are competing in a two-Test series against hosts England.

"...I think it is pretty evenly matched there. I am thinking though with the experience of New Zealand because they have bowled in conditions which are similar back home...," Lee told the ICC's official website.

" may be conducive to fast bowling, to swing bowling. So that is where I think that the Kiwis might have an advantage purely from that fact.

"Now from a batting point of view, both sides have got batsmen that can play against swing bowling. But I think it comes down to bowling. I think whichever team bowls best will win the final."

Source: ANI