Wasim Akram Applauds Virat Kohli For Holding His Head High
By CricShots - Nov 4, 2022 2:27 pm
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Apart from class batting, former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli is also known for his fitness and intensity on the field. Whether it’s a practice session or a World Cup knockout, whether India is on top or down and out, Kohli is always charged up and looking to pounce on every opportunity that the opposition is providing. Sometimes, he is known for creating opportunities when nothing is happening with his energy and fielding.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli scored another fifty

Former Pakistan captain, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shoaib Malik highlighted the same quality of Virat Kohli and lauded the right-hander for his fitness and energy.

Akram said Kohli could easily have gotten disheartened when he was sacked as the ODI skipper after he had decided to quit as the T20I captain following India’s disappointing show in the 2021 T20 World Cup. The legendary Pakistan pacer said there was no drop in Kohli’s intensity.

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During a chat on A Sports, Wasim Akram said, “Instead of making a face, I got dropped as a captain and blah blah blah. I will just stand quietly at short fine-leg but he said no I got dropped as a captain, fine! I will play as a batter and also be the best fielder in the Indian side.”

Akram’s former new-ball partner and another legendary Pakistani cricketer, Waqar Younis, who is on the same panel, said generally in Pakistan, a captain fails to keep his spot in the XI when the leadership duties are taken away.

Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram

Waqar Younis added, “In Pakistan, you go home after you are dropped from captaincy. I don’t remember any player (from Pakistan) who has got dropped from captaincy and is making heads turn as a player.”

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik, who has played a lot of games against Kohli, lauded Kohli for always treating a T20 as a 40-over game instead of just thinking about his batting.

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Shoaib Malik explained, “This is something we’ve got to learn from Virat Kohli. Here in Pakistan, if you’ve scored runs, then people roam around with their collars up. There’s no harm in doing that but always be a team man whether you have scored runs or not. His quality is that he plays the entire 40 overs with the same intensity. You will always see Kohli trying to help out the team in the field. It doesn’t matter whether he has scored a hundred or has been dismissed for a zero.”