Shoaib Akhtar and Virat Kohli
Shoaib Akhtar and Virat Kohli. (Picture Supply: Twitter)

Virat Kohli has been the topic of criticism from ex-cricketers and specialists after his depressing run with the bat continued within the ongoing ODI collection in opposition to England. However the former Indian skipper has discovered an unlikely ally within the type of Shoaib Akhtar as the previous Pakistani fast has lashed out on the Indian batters’ critics.

Earlier this month, former Indian captain Kapil Dev urged the Indian selectors to offer extra possibilities to younger batters as a substitute of Kohli, who has been struggling for runs for the previous couple of years. Kapil’s assertion didn’t go nicely with the present Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, who questioned the information of those specialists who have been criticizing the previous Indian skipper’s place within the crew.

After Rohit’s backing, it was former tearaway pacer Shoaib Akhtar’s flip to weigh in on the batter’s present struggles and his ongoing criticism. The enduring quick bowler revealed that Kohli is the best batter of the final ten years, and one or two dangerous years don’t tarnish his achievements as a batter. He said that the Indian batter has scored runs, it’s simply {that a} century has eluded him.

“I’m listening to a number of criticism about Virat Kohli. It’s being mentioned that he ought to be dropped. Virat Kohli is completed, that is proper. There’s nothing extra left in his profession, that is additionally proper, and he wouldn’t have the ability to do something extra in his profession, that is proper, a lot of these issues different individuals are saying to me. I instructed them that Virat Kohli is the best participant within the final ten years. He has 1-2 dangerous years, he nonetheless has scored runs, simply the century has not come,” Akhtar mentioned on his YouTube channel.

Virat Kohli has 70 centuries and solely an incredible participant can rating as many runs: Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib additionally remarked on the assertion made by Kapil Dev concerning the trendy Indian batter’s place within the aspect and mentioned that he has a number of respect for the previous World Cup-winning skipper, however he doesn’t perceive how can somebody speak about dropping Kohli from the crew. Though he respects the previous Indian participant’s opinion, he believes that humiliating and discrediting a participant of that stature within the media isn’t proper.

“You’re simply humiliating the man within the media, to discredit him isn’t proper, I have no idea how can one speak about dropping him? Kapil Dev is my senior; I respect him and he has his personal opinion. He’s a legend; he can voice his opinion. An incredible cricketer can speak like that. Virat Kohli has 70 centuries and solely an incredible participant can rating as many runs,” Akhtar added.