Former Pakistan Pacer Shoaib Akhtar had a great response to a fan’s question about Virat Kohli during a Twitter Q&A.
Pakistan National Cricket Team former fast bowler and Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar, officially announced the launch of his biopic on social media on Sunday, July 24, 2022. The biopic is titled Rawalpindi Express Running against the odds.
After the announcement of the launch of the biopic, which is being made by Muhammad Faraz Qaiser and is set to release on November 16, 2023, the former Pakistan pacer conducted a Question and Answer session on his official Twitter handle.
During the session, a fan asked Akhtar to can you describe former India National Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli in one word. “One word for Virat Kohli”, Shoaib Akhtar responded as “Legend Already.”
Ahead of the India-Pakistan cricket match on Sunday, Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has some words of advice for Indian captain Virat Kohli. In a video posted on Twitter, Akhtar said that Kohli should not take the match “too seriously” and should instead focus on enjoying the game. Akhtar also praised Kohli as a “fantastic player & legend already” and said that he is looking forward to seeing him play on Sunday.
Akhtar’s comments come as tensions between India and Pakistan are heightened by an attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir. Akhtar urged both sides to put aside their differences and enjoy the match, saying that cricket is a “gentleman’s game.” Sunday’s cricket match is sure to be a highly anticipated and thrilling contest, and hopefully, Akhtar’s words will help to create a spirit of sportsmanship between the two teams.
Shoaib Akhtar backs Virat Kohli, and was saying “He has 70 hundred in international cricket, it’s not candy crush and he achieved it.”
Read the Tweet:
Q & A for half an hour about this & a lot more. Use the hashtag #RawalpindiExpressTheFilm and you may get lucky with a response. pic.twitter.com/xasTnvvfNH
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) July 24, 2022
And the reply, Shoaib Akhtar did:
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) July 24, 2022
Again the Big Disappointment To Kohli on England Tour
One of the world’s greatest cricket players, Virat Kohli, had a disappointing end to his Test match series against England. In the final Test, played at Edgbaston, he was dismissed for low scores of 11 and 20. This followed two poor T20I performances in Birmingham and Trent Bridge, where he was dismissed for 1 and 11 respectively. It is unusual for Kohli to have such a run of bad form and will no doubt be a cause for concern for his fans.
However, it is worth remembering that he is still one of the best batsmen in the world and has shown time and time again that he has the ability to bounce back from setbacks. There is no doubt that he will be eager to put this disappointing series behind him and return to his usual high standards in future matches.
Addressing Virat Kohli directly, the Rawalpindi Express also said, “Kohli Don’t be scared. Bowlers should know that they are going up against a strong guy. Focus on yourself. Stay composed.”
With former India captain Virat Kohli struggling for runs recently, Pakistan pace icon Shoaib Akhtar has thrown his weight behind him and said that the criticism is unnecessary for this legend.
“People are saying that he should be dropped. Virat Kohli is finished. There is nothing more left in his career and he would not be able to do anything more in his career.
To them, I say Virat Kohli is the greatest player. In the last 10 years, if there has been any greatest player, it is Virat. He has 1-2 bad years, he still has scored runs, just the century has not come,” Akhtar said on his YouTube channel.
Before that Virat Kohli had a horror run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he could score only 341 runs at a mediocre average of 22.73 in 16 games in the match. Virat Kohli last made a century in any form of international cricket in the historic Pink-ball Test against Bangladesh in November 2019. Since then, he has gone 78 consecutive knocks without a three-figure score on the international stage.
However, it isn’t the first time when Shoaib Akhtar has backed Virat Kohli amid heavy criticism from many former India cricketers, including Kapil Dev who caused a stir by calling for his ouster from India’s T20 and ODI sides.
In a precise manner, Akhtar said, “Kapil Dev is my senior. I respect him and he has his own opinion. He is a legend and he can voice his opinion. Kapil Dev can say this but other people can’t.”
In Brief, Akhtar described Kohli, “I am hearing a lot of criticism about Virat Kohli. It is being said that he should be dropped. Virat Kohli is finished but You are just humiliating the guy in the media, to discredit him is not right, I do not know how can one talk about dropping him?
Virat should focus on his batting, if you do not perform, there is nothing wrong. All these things are happening, these are happening so that you become a bigger cricketer. You should not be scared; one should realize that you are up against a tough cricketer. It is important that you stay at the wicket, the more you stay in the middle, the better it will become for you. You should away from social media and not pay attention to the criticism.”
Earlier this month, India’s 1983 World Cup-winning captain had caused ripples by suggesting in an interview that it was time to drop Virat Kohli from the national team’s white-ball set-up.
“Yes, there will be a headache, but he will have to perform better,” Kapil Dev said. “If world No. 2 Test bowler Ashwin can be dropped from Test side then your No. 1 batter can also be dropped.”
“I hope Kohli scores runs. And if there’s a challenge after that, it’s a big one. At the moment, Virat Kohli isn’t playing like the Kohli we know, the one that has made him a legend through his performances,” Kapil Dev elaborated.
Akhtar concluded his words for Kohli, “As a Pakistani, I’m supporting Virat Kohli because he has 70 centuries is not a small achievement and It’s not Candy Crush. Only a great player can score these many centuries, something a normal player can’t do. When Kohli comes out of this phase, it will be a different Virat Kohli.”