Ex-umpire Ian Gould names 3 batsmen he enjoyed watching the most
Former British cricketer-turned-umpire Ian Gould retired from the gentleman’s game last year. He officiated in India versus Sri Lanka ODI in the 2019 World Cup which was his last ever appearance as an umpire. Gould has featured in 74 Test matches, 140 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), and 37 T20 Internationals (T20Is).
Recently, the former umpire took part in an interview where he was asked to pick three batsmen he enjoyed watching the most participated in an interview where he was asked to name three batsmen he enjoyed watching the most.
Ian Gould picked Jacques Kallis, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. The 62-year-old Gould added that he loves watching Kallis and could sit and watch Kallis play all day. The ex-umpire went on to pick former India great Sachin Tendulkar and current captain Virat Kohli, as the two other batsmen he loved watching.
Gould had also labelled former Australian captain Ricky Ponting as an outstanding character and outstanding captain.
“Jacques Kallis. I loved watching Jacques. He was a very, very fine player. Sachin. And probably Virat. I was unlucky in some respects. I didn’t see the best of Ricky Ponting. He was an outstanding character, outstanding captain, such a proud Australian,” said Gould during his interview with ESPNCricinfo.
“But his career was just starting to wane as I came on the scene. But he was incredibly helpful, so I’m disappointed I have to leave him out. Jacques Kallis, I could sit and watch all day, Virat, the same. And Sachin, if you want someone to bat for your life, he was the man,” he added.
The former umpire had even chipped in with good comments on Indian skipper Virat Kohli, adding that he is a funny man and that he carried the Indian cricket team on his shoulders even in lean patches just like Sachin Tendulkar used to do.
“He’s a funny man. Yeah, he batted like me a couple of times. I had to tell him off for slogging it. He’s a charmer. He’s one of those guys who’s got, a bit like Sachin Tendulkar, the whole of India on his back, but you wouldn’t know. You could walk into a restaurant and sit and chat with him for hours. He’s a very worldly boy. When you look at Virat, you’re thinking male model, pin-up boy, but he knows about the game inside out, the past, history. Lovely guy,” Gould added.