Former Pakistani pacer and outspoken commentator Shoaib Akhtar has compared the rivalry between Pakistan’s Mohammad Aamir and India’s Virat Kohli to the duels between him and Sachin Tendulkar. In the Asia Cup encounter between India and Pakistan, it was the rivalry between Aamir and Kohli which stole the show. It was a mouth watering clash, which definitely stimulated far more interest in the game. In the years gone by, the vibes shared by Tendulkar and Akhtar were among the chilliest in the game and their personal battles often made the sport a richer fraternity.
“It used to be a challenge bowling to Sachin and I think the future battles between Virat and Amir will be as exciting as our on-field rivalry. The two are world class performers and when they are pitted against each other, it can’t get better than that,” an enthusiastic Akhtar said. “Virat is India’s best batsman and Amir’s inclusion has made Pakistan’s attack far superior. Whenever these two will be up against each other, mazaa aanewala hain (it’s going to be fun),” he added.
“Let bygones be bygones. It feels good that world’s best fast bowler is back where he belongs. It fills my heart with joy to see Amir run in and bowl those brilliant deliveries. Dil ko ek tasalli hoti hai use dekh kar (I feel relieved seeing him on the cricket field). “It’s just that we need to be a bit more aggressive in our bowling department. Amir would need support from the other end and Wahab needs to step up,” 40-year-old Akhtar seemed happy talking about Pakistan’s bowling future, Akhtar said.
The Rawalpindi Express also termed Virat Kohli as the “best batsman of the current era”. “Virat Kohli is certainly the best batsman of his era. His match-finishing skills are exemplary. If you ask me whether he could be compared to Javed Miandad, who was also an exceptional finisher, I would say that two eras should not be compared. Yesterday, the manner in which he played Virat showed, why he is in a different league. Also like a true champion, he praised Amir’s bowling which was a good thing,” Akhtar said.