Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has recently revealed who is the toughest batsman to get out in the modern era. The 44-year-old has also revealed his best captain, favourite dismissal etc.
In his generation, Shoaib Akhtar was one of the most threatening bowlers in international cricket history. His lethal pace hurt many batsmen and many scared to face him. He was one of the fastest bowlers who could bowl 150+ kmph consistently. In fact, he was the first bowler to deliver two 100 mph (over 160 kmph) in international cricket.
Shoaib Akhtar made his international debut in late 1997. The right-arm fast bowler played 46 Tests, 163 ODIs and 15 T20Is where he took 178, 247 and 19 wickets respectively. His last international cricket match was the Group Stage game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 against New Zealand at Pallekele (8th March 2011).
Virat Kohli is the most difficult batsman in the modern era to get out – Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar recently conducted a Q & A session on Twitter. A fan asked him “For u Who is the most difficult modern era batsman to get out”.
In reply, Shoaib Akhtar named Indian captain Virat Kohli. Earlier, many cricket experts have praised the present Indian captain, including Akhtar, so it was not a surprising answer.
Since his debut in international cricket, Virat Kohli has impressed with his tremendous consistency with the bat. At present, he regularly breaks many top batting records and it has been possible only for his remarkable consistency in batting.
Virat Kohli has played 83 Tests, 239 ODIs and 72 T20Is where he has scored 7,066 runs (average 54.35), 11,520 runs (average 60.31) and 2450 runs (average 50.00) respectively. While Sachin Tendulkar is holding the biggest records in international batting, Kohli’s present form is a serious threat of all these records.
Other answers from former Pakistan speedster
During his international career, Shoaib Akhtar played under the captaincy of the legendary Pakistan left-arm pacer Wasim Akram. Meanwhile, Akhtar played many international matches against the former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly. However, in IPL 2008, the Pakistan speedster represented Sourav Ganguly-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
One fan asked Akhtar about his favourite dismissal. He named Sachin Tendulkar‘s dismissal for a golden duck during the 1999 Kolkata Test where Akhtar bowled him. Incidentally, it was also the same game where the controversy arose after Sachin Tendulkar was given a run-out in the fourth innings after he just failed to reach the bowling end crease due to the blocking of Shoaib Akhtar.