“Because he’s got the presence on the cricket field, but when you know him off the field and I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with him, he’s a terrific guy. But he’s got that inner belief and he’d have to go down as the greatest ODI batsman, stats prove it,” Lee remarked.

The former Australian speedster, a self-proclaimed admirer of Sachin Tendulkar, acknowledged Kohli’s excellence and lauded the Indian skipper for his modesty, citing Kohli’s tribute to Tendulkar as a testament to his mindset and respect for the game.

Kohli’s surpassing of Tendulkar’s record for most hundreds in ODIs during the semi-final against New Zealand further solidified his claim to greatness. 

Lee commended Kohli’s on-field prowess and affirmed that the statistics undeniably crown him as the finest ODI batsman the game has ever seen.