Former Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era. However, his form in the last two-three years became a topic of much discussion in the cricket world as he was suffering from poor form for the last 3 years. However, he ended the drought of centuries by scoring one against Afghanistan during the Asia Cup last year.
It wasn’t easy for Kohli to deal with this and he took a month’s break from cricket in August last year to work on his mental fitness before returning to form. The 34-year-old cricketer made a strong comeback and played a match-winning knock against arch-rivals Pakistan in the 20-20 World Cup 2022.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s former legendary fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, recently, revealed why he keeps praising Kohli. He also compares him with India’s legendary batter Sachin Tendulkar.
“See, I believe Sachin Tendulkar is the best batsman in the world. But as a captain, he was lost. He left the captaincy himself. I was talking to one of my friends about Virat Kohli and we were discussing the same thing. He was lost and when he works on his mind, he will perform. When his mind became free, he ruled the T20 World Cup,” said Akhtar on Suno News.
India used to win because of Virat’s hundreds: Shoaib Akhtar
Akhtar said that Kohli has hit 40 centuries while chasing the target which is phenomenal in cricket. He even opined that India used to win matches because of Kohli’s hundreds. However, the right-hander isn’t having a great time in the ongoing Test series against Australia. He will surely look for a big score in the upcoming 4th Test.
“You also need to look that almost 40 centuries from Kohli came in run chases. Log kehte hain tum Virat ki bohot tareef karte ho, main kehta hu kaise naa karu? (People tell me that you praise Virat Kohli a lot. I just say, why shouldn’t i do that?) During one stage, India used to win because of Virat’s hundreds,” Akhtar further said.