Kohli is world's best batsman: Wasim Akram

Published: 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.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Unfortunate Pakistan, Germany
    Mar 11, 2016 - 1:53PM

    Pakistan knows their team is in shambles due to unprofessional, poor skilled inconsistent players and worst board who are unprofessional and tries to take emotional decisions which does not give them chance to build on their strengths.

    No wonder one thing all of the above agree is to hide under a reason to not attend WT20…Is this the way a professional board should lead their teams???

    I hope sanity and professionalism prevails.. and as now India has changed game location to Kolkata to take care of Pakistan’s concerns, Pakistan should attend and give their best in the games and uphold sportsman spirit.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 11, 2016 - 2:10PM

    Rubbish……AB de Villiers is the best batsman.Recommend

  • Rafique Khan
    Mar 11, 2016 - 4:45PM

    Wasim Akram must avoid to praise Indian Cricketers any more. Before a couple days ago Virendra Sehwag given a statement against Ex-Pakistani Cricketers that to earn money and fame in India some ex-cricketers from Pakistan praise Indian Cricketers.

    If Wasim Akram likes Virat Kohli as a world class batsman then he can say for Indian people only that Virat Kohli is a third class batsman. Again there would be hue and cry in India for this statment.Recommend

  • Indus
    Mar 11, 2016 - 7:06PM

    @Pakistani. You seem to be more knowledgeable than the legend Wasim Akram. Kohli is currently the best be it Test, one day or t20’s. Recommend

  • SRK
    Mar 11, 2016 - 7:31PM

    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! Recommend

  • bharat
    Mar 11, 2016 - 11:39PM

    he is great along with others like ab and steveRecommend

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