Kohli is world's best batsman: Wasim Akram

Former Pakistan captain says India are not favourites for WorldT20


Sports Desk March 11, 2016
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Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has said Indian cricketer Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the world.

"Kohli is the best batsman in the world. There comes a time in a batsman's life, where you learn how to score runs," Akram told Sports Today. "He plays with authority in all three formats. It's difficult to bowl at him. I would have found it very difficult to bowl at him."

Admitting he would have found it extremely difficult to bowl to Kohli, Akram said the Indian batsman is at that phase of his career where batsmen learn to score runs in every situation.

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The former Pakistan captain, however, refused to call India favourites for the World T20. Akram maintained that even though the hosts are playing well, it is hard to predict the winner in the shortest format of the game.

“India have been playing very well and they have some of the most experienced T20 players in the world,” said Akram while talking to Sports Today. “But it's difficult to predict winners in the T20 format."

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The legendary left-arm fast-bowler said that Shahid Afridi’s men have the ability to surprise any team and the country needs to support them.

“Pakistan struggled in the Asia Cup and there was some problem with the team selection,” said Akram. “But we all know that Pakistan team is unpredictable. I'd be scared to play against them, and that's the beauty of Pakistan cricket. The team needs backing from the whole country.”

Akram picked India, Australia, South Africa and England as the possible top four contenders.

COMMENTS (6)

bharat | 5 years ago | Reply he is great along with others like ab and steve
SRK | 5 years ago | Reply This does prove that ex Pakistani players are 'good' and 'positive' and effusive in praise for all things Indian because of the 'MONEY'. These guys never say anything bad or criticize India for anything! Sehwag go this one thing right!
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