New Delhi: One of the best things about Virat Kohli’s game is that he never fails to appreciate his opponents. We all know how high Kohli rates Pakistan fast-bowler Mohammad Amir. While he admires Amir, the Indian captain recently praised former Pakistan speedster, Shoaib Akhtar. Also Read - Mike Hesson Throws Weight Behind Virat Kohli, Says India Captain Wasn't The Only One to Struggle in New Zealand
“I have never faced Shoaib Akhtar. But I have seen him in a game in Dambulla against Pakistan. I got out. I couldn’t face him. He looked lethal. When I saw that, I realised what it would feel like after his ball hit the batsmen on the body,” Kohli said in the show Breakfast With Champions. Also Read - Brad Hogg Names Top 3 Powerplay Batsmen in IPL; No Place For Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Now after Kohli’s comment, Akhtar, who is active on social networking site Twitter, has responded. “I was better off not bowling at all when #Kohli was batting.Jokes apart, he’s a gr8 batsman & bowling against him wud have been a gr8 contest [sic],” Shoaib tweeted. Also Read - Virat Kohli is not a Guy to Mess Around, Says Head Coach Ravi Shastri
However, Kohli and Akhtar have not faced each other much. Kohli made his entry into the international cricket when Akhtar was in the last phase of his career. And also with less India-Pakistan cricket being played that also hampered the face-off between these two. It would have been interesting to see how Kohli and Akhtar would have fared against each other.