Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has made a new claim about former India captain Virat Kohli. Akhtar and Kohli, popularly known as the ‘Rawalpindi Express’, had a face-off in a match during the 2010 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. However, in that match, Kohli could not face the Pakistani bowler as the Indian batsmen were dismissed before Akhtar came on the bowling. Akhtar has now claimed that if he had bowled to Virat, he would never have scored so many runs.
Kohli recalled the old days at Breakfast With Champions 2017, saying that he never faced Shoaib Akhtar. But he had seen his bowling which was tremendous. Even at that stage of age, he looked very dangerous. When he was at his peak, no one wanted to face him.
Kohli currently has 23650 runs in 458 international matches in all three formats. In this, he has 70 centuries and 122 half-centuries to his name. Kohli is currently the seventh highest run-scorer in world cricket and the third Indian player after Sachin Tendulkar (34357 runs) and Rahul Dravid (24208 runs).
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Now Akhtar’s reaction has come on this statement of Kohli. The former fast bowler said in a conversation with Sportskeeda, ‘Virat Kohli is a good person. He is a big cricketer and big players often talk big. I want to thank them for this. If I had played against him, he would never have scored so many runs, but the number of runs he scored would have been fantastic. He had to fight for those runs. Even if he did not have 50 centuries and he could have scored 20 or 25 centuries, but the importance of those centuries would have been much more. I would get the best out of Virat Kohli.