Being named as one of the best fast bowlers, former Pakistan captain, Wasim Akram might have terrorized several top players with his bowling. But shockingly, he now said that, he would be worried, if he had to bowl, Virat Kohli.
It seems, Kohli is currently in the special zone, with his 919 score at a strike rate of over 151 in the current edition of the IPL. Not just that, he even has a record of scoring 4 centuries in a single edition of the IPL, thus making an average of 83.54.
“Belief, his ability and on top of that his technique. We haven't seen him play the reverse shot or the lap shot, he always plays proper cricketing shots with the full face of the bat. That's why he has been very consistent and as a bowler if I had to bowl at him, I will be worried. It's like in ODI cricket when Sachin Tendulkar opened the innings, it was very difficult to bowl at him because Sachin as a batsman and Kohli as a batsman will hardly give you a chance to get them out,” Akram said.
“Kohli has scored 36 sixes in this IPL ... they are lot of sixes. In my cricketing career, I have 50 plus sixes and those days sixes were rare. So, you can imagine he is powerful, he is strong and he can hit the ball miles outside the stadium. He has been a treat to watch,” he added.
Not just Kohli, Akram even heaped praises on RCB's South African batsman AB de Villiers, lauding his ability to win matches regardless of the situation.
“Mr. 360, he plays beautifully well against the fast bowlers, equally well against the spinners... doesn't matter the situation. He is a match-winner. He will win you a game single-handedly,” he said.
When asked to compare Kohli and AB De Villiers, the current Kolkata Knight riders coaching staff member said, “Very difficult to compare both of them. They have different techniques, they are different players but are very consistent and match-winners. Not just in this format but in all the formats. That's why these guys are the best in the world.”
By Phani Ch