Pakistan’s star spinner, Shadab Khan, has showered praise on India’s dynamic batsman, Virat Kohli, reflecting on his remarkable match-winning performance during the 2022 T20 World Cup. Kohli’s unbeaten 53-ball 82 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for India against Pakistan in that memorable showdown.
As the two arch-rivals gear up to face each other once again in the Asia Cup 2023, Shadab Khan couldn’t resist reopening old wounds with his compliments for Kohli. The spinner spoke highly of the Delhi-born batsman, emphasizing that no other cricketer in the world could have achieved what Kohli did against Pakistan’s formidable bowling attack.
“Virat Kohli is a world-class player, undoubtedly. Facing him requires meticulous planning. The way Kohli has performed against us, even in the last match at the 2022 T20 World Cup, I believe that no other batsman in the world, in that situation, could have dismantled our bowling lineup like he did. What’s remarkable is that he can deliver such performances at any stage and at any given time,” Shadab Khan remarked during an interview with Star Sports.
Virat Kohli has been a consistent performer for India since his debut, and his stellar innings against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup is widely regarded as one of his finest displays. His ability to deliver under pressure has made him a cricketing legend.
The upcoming clash between Pakistan and India is scheduled to take place at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on September 2 as part of the Asia Cup 2023. Pakistan is riding high on the back of a resounding 238-run victory against Nepal in their opening match. A win against India would further solidify their position in the Super Four stage of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma and his team will be eager to begin the tournament with a victory against Pakistan before shifting their focus to the match against Nepal. The clash between these two cricketing giants promises to be a high-voltage encounter that fans from both sides eagerly anticipate.