“I would also call him the ‘Boss of Batting'” – Kamran Akmal on Virat Kohli
Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal praised Virat Kohli’s century in the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. His unbeaten knock helped Akmal to call him the ‘Boss of Batting’ and expected him to surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s record at the earliest.
Akmal said, ‘The way Kohli scored his century was unbelievable to watch. Everyone calls him Badshah, but I would also call him the ‘Boss of Batting’. The way he scored 166 runs at a strike rate of 150 also shows what a wonderful T20 batsman he is. He hasn’t talked about quitting T20 cricket, his focus is on the World Cup right now and be ready for it. He has six more matches to play against Australia and New Zealand and can break Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
The veteran also shared how Virat Kohli forgets about the previous game and looks forward to the next one. He also saw how the right-handed batsman dominates the bowlers as well.
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He said, ‘The way Kohli bats, he should have around 20 hundreds in the next 5-6 years because he is that kind of player and he has time. He forgets what happened in the previous game and focuses on the next, wanting to improve on his previous performance. This is a plus point and shows how mentally strong he is. He assesses the conditions very well and bats accordingly. He also knows the situation and dominates all types of bowlers very well. Kohli now has 46 hundreds and has scored three tons in the last four matches. These are the types of players that the more you watch, the quicker you learn to bat and one should,” Kamran Akmal added.
After scoring an 80-ball hundred in the first ODI against Sri Lanka in Guwahati, the flamboyant batsman scored 66 runs in his last 25 balls as the Indian team scored 116 runs in the last ten overs.
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“I don’t think the management can say that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have no place in the T20 team. They make their own space and manage their workload. Virat Kohli yesterday showed how he rested and bounced back. They play as professionals keeping in mind the need to prepare players for the future and think about the 2024 T20 World Cup. They both will play the 50-over World Cup this year and see where the team stands. If he sees that the T20 team is settled, he himself will not play because he knows what is good for him and the team. So no one can say that he will not play in the T20 team because he is respected a lot. He deserves it for his achievements,” concluded Kamran Akmal.