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The 17-year-old Pakistan pacer Naseem Shah, who has impressed in his early international career, wants to bowl the Indian captain Virat Kohli. While he respects Kohli, he also doesn’t fear one of the greatest batsmen in the world.
Impressing in his early cricket career, Naseem Shah has played four Tests after making his debut in last November. The young right-arm fast bowler has taken 13 Test wickets, including a hat-trick (youngest Test hat-trick). The youngster is yet to make his limited-overs debut for Pakistan, but he has been already included in the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) central contract for 2020/21.
I look forward to playing against Virat Kohli: Naseem Shah
While Virat Kohli is one of the top consistent batsmen in international cricket, Shah is ready to take this challenge as he feels that it will help to raise his game.
Shah recently claimed according to PakPassion.net, “I hope that I can bowl well against India when that chance comes by and won’t let our fans down. As for Virat Kohli, I respect him but don’t fear him.”
“It’s always a challenge to bowl to the best, but that’s where you have to raise your game. I look forward to playing against Virat Kohli and India whenever that chance comes,” he added.
Virat Kohli is the eighth-most run-scorer in international cricket history as the right-handed batsman has scored 21901 runs in 460 international matches (average 56.15). Apart from being the leading run-scorer in T20I history (2794 runs), Kohli has also maintained his batting average over 50 in every international format. At present, Kohli is the top-ranked ODI batsman, second-ranked Test batsman and 10th-ranked T20I batsman.
I am looking forward to playing against India whenever that opportunity arises: Naseem Shah
Naseem Shah also talked about the cricket rivalries between India and Pakistan. Talking about this special match, Shah knows that this match can define one player’s international career.
Shah added, “India versus Pakistan is always special and I have already been told that players can become heroes and villains in those matches.
“They are special matches as they happen so rarely and yes, I am looking forward to playing against India whenever that opportunity arises,” he concluded.
Last time, India faced Pakistan during the League Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (at Manchester on 16th June 2019) where Kohli-led India won by 89 runs. Since early 2013, India-Pakistan hasn’t met in the bilateral series, they now only meet in the ICC or ACC tournaments. Meanwhile, they played a Test match for the last time in December 2007 at Bengaluru.