Former Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad on Saturday named his favourite Indian batsman in his column. Among the Indian batting stars Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli, he picked the Indian skipper for his fearlessness against pacers in uneven wickets away from home and his ability to adapt. Also Read - IPL 2021 | To Have Captain Virat Kohli at Other End Makes Job Little Easier: RCB's Glenn Maxwell
The 62-year-old former Pakistan cricketer recalled Kohli’s hundred in an uneven wicket in South Africa. Also Read - Rohit bats for Conservation of Rhinos
“Virat (Kohli) performed really well in South Africa; even on an uneven wicket, he scored a hundred. You cannot say he is scared of fast bowlers or he cannot play on bouncy pitches or he doesn’t play spinners well,” Miandad wrote. Also Read - AB de Villiers Versatility Unnerves Opposition: Kohli
Miandad also highlighted how teams like England and Australia pick starting XI on a series-to-series basis, whereas in Pakistan, it is different as a cricketer gets a long haul in the side despite failures.
“Countries like England and Australia pick squads on a series to series to basis. They forget even if you have scored 500 runs in the previous series. Pakistan is the only team where you get 10 innings after scoring a hundred. People keep failing but there is no concern, which is why the team has so many problems. Take India for example. They score 70, 80, 100 and 200 that are called performance but none from our team can play in top-class sides of the world,” he mentioned in his column on Hindustan Times.
Recently, the 31-year-old Indian captain has not had a good time with the bat, amassing 218 runs in 11 innings in the tour of New Zealand.