Indian captain Virat Kohli has said he found Shoaib Akhtar to be a ‘very lehtal’ bowler when India faced Pakistan in an Asia Cup match at Dambullah in 2010.
Though Kohli did not get to face the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ that contest, the 28-year-old admitted in a show ‘Breakfast with Champions’ being daunted by the Pakistani pacer.
When asked against which bowler, Kohli would have liked to remain at the non-striker’s end, the Indian skipper said, “I never faced Shoaib Akhtar but I have seen him in a game against Pakistan at Dambullah. Despite being in the latter stages of his career, he looked very lethal. I felt that when he bowled at his peak, the batsmen would have liked to stay at the non-striker’s end.”
He went on to talk about the tallest international cricket, who also happens to be from across the border, Mohammad Irfan.
“Then there was another one, Mohammad Irfan, the tall guy,” he continued in his reply. “Before a World T20 game [against Pakistan], Sanjay Bangar, our batting coach, bowled at us standing on the stool [to emulate him].
“I remember we had a T20 match [against Pakistan] in Bangalore and Yuvraj Singh told me play a cut shot as the ball was bouncing. I tried to pull and missed because of the height. Same happened when I went for the cut. Afterwards, he asked me to rotate the strike as I was unable to connect the ball against Irfan due to my height.”
Kohli has played Pakistan in 12 ODIs and six T20Is and averages 46 and 84.66 in them.