Amir one of the toughest I've faced, reiterates Kohli

Indian skipper says you have to bring your A game against the Pakistan pacer or he'll strike

Sports Desk October 16, 2017
Amir and Kohli last met in the 2017 Champions Trophy final. PHOTO: AFP

Sri Lanka must have taken a sigh of relief when Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir was recently ruled out of the five-match ODI series due to an injury.

The reason?

When one of the world's best batsman, Indian skipper Virat Kohli, says that the 25-year-old is one of the 'toughest' bowlers to face, then any team in the world would and should be worried while facing him.

Amir out of Dubai Test, ODI series against Sri Lanka

Recently in an interview with Indian actor Aamir Khan, where the host asked Kohli to name that one bowler who made him a tad nervous, the Indian skipper reiterated what he had previously said.

"In recent times, where I have played, there is Mohammad Amir of Pakistan. He is one of the top-two bowlers in the world. He is one of the toughest bowlers I have played in my career. You have to be always on your 'A' game or he will strike. Outstanding, very good bowler," said Kohli.

As mentioned earlier, this was not the first time Kohli had heaped praise on the Pakistani pacer.

Earlier, when Amir made his return to the Pakistan national team after serving a five-year ban for spot-fixing, Kohli had said: "He is a very good bowler. He has a lot of talent, has got pace, bounce a very good yorker. I wish him all the best. He has worked hard to make a comeback and it takes courage to do what he did."

However, the admiration of each other's cricketing talent is mutual between Amir and Kohli.

During a Q&A on twitter, Amir was recently asked who was the toughest batsman he has ever bowled to and his reply, undoubtedly, contained the name of the India skipper.

Amir and Kohli last crossed paths during the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, where Amir dismissed him in the final to see off his team to the silverware.


Shakti | 4 years ago | Reply There is also a video on Youtube where Kohli is presenting him with a brand new bat upon his return to cricket.
Shakti | 4 years ago | Reply Amir is a class act. If he were in India he'd have been a superstar earning megabucks. Another unsung bowler was Mohd. Asif that I liked very much.
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