Virat Kohli best batsman in the world, says Wasim Akram

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Wasim Akram said he would have found it extremely difficult to bowl to Virat Kohli and rated the Indian star as the best batsman in the world.Akram, who picked 414 Test and 502 ODI wickets in an illustrious 18-year-old career, said Kohli is at that phase of his career where batsmen learn to score runs in every situation. (World T20: Sad for Dharamsala, Kolkata lucky to get Indo-Pak game, says Ganguly)  “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.”Kohli has been in majestic touch this year, having slammed 381 runs in the five-match ODI series against Australia before piling 199 runs from three innings against them in the three-match T20 series. He was rested for the T20 series against Sri Lanka at home but turned up all guns blazing in the Asia Cup T20 and finished with 153 runs from four innings, including a classy 49 against Pakistan’s four-prong pace attack on a green pitch in Dhaka. (ICC World Twenty20: Rampant India take on West Indies in warm-up game) Akram refused to call India favourites for the ICC World Twenty20 but said they were ahead of other contenders because of the sheer experience in their team.”These guys have been playing the IPL for eight years. Indiahave been playing very well and they have some of the most experienced T20 players in the world. Hardik Pandya is batting well and bowling with a lot of pace. Someone like Ajinkya Rahane is sitting on the bench. They bat till about eight or nine and have some five to six bowlers. So, India have a good variety but it’s difficult to predict winners in the T20 format.” (Rohit Sharma furious with hype around Mohammad Amir) advertisementHowever, Akram picked India, Australia, South Africa and England as the possible top four contenders. But he did not count out Pakistan, even though they have struggled to impress in recent times. The Shahid Afridi-led side lost to India and Bangladesh before bowing out of the Asia Cup.Akram said the conditions in India would be very different from those in Bangladesh, where pacers had a great time on the green pitches at the Shere Bangla Stadium.”I have toured Bangladesh plenty of times and the pitches were unbelievable. I felt like coming out of retirement,” he said. “The conditions will be different in India and hopefully the pitches will be flatter. I don’t have any problems with our bowling but if our batting clicks, we would be in business.”Akram also blamed the team selection behind the debacle.”Pakistan struggled in the Asia Cup and there was some problem with the team selection. The team should have been selected after the Pakistan Super League. We dropped Ahmed Shazhad after having invested on him for years,” Akram said.Akram said Pakistan were a dangerous side on their day but urged the players to be more consistent.”Pakistan are unpredictable. I’d be scared of Pakistan if I were playing against them. That’s the beauty of Pakistani cricket but they need to be consistent. They are going to give it a go but they need backing from the whole country,” Akram said.last_img read more