Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood, who is concurrently serving as the bowling coach of Men in Green, has admitted he is delighted to meet Team India skipper Virat Kohli in England and noted that he is an inspiration even for the elders.

Meanwhile, Kohli is currently in England with the Indian team. India after winning the Twenty20 International series, lost the One-day Internationals.

Furthermore, they didn’t have a good start to the Test series while losing the Edgbaston Test by 31 runs.

However, Kohli buried all the criticism over his struggling form in England in 2014. He spectacularly started the Test series smashing 149 in the first essay before registering a gritty half-century. While other Indian batters failed to tackle the swing, Kohli stood tall before being pinned down by Ben Stokes.

Kohli’s battle with James Anderson was an exciting one though, Kohli won the first round. Ahead of the second Test scheduled at Lord’s, Anderson spoke about fierce duel among themselves.

Virat Kohli, Sanjay Manjrekar, India, England
Azhar Mahmood talked highly of Virat Kohli. Getty Images

There’s a fiercely competitive rivalry between myself and Virat Kohli — but also enormous mutual respect,” Anderson wrote for The Sun.

 

I felt good bowling to Virat and my plans worked well. I might have dismissed him a few times with some plays and misses plus a dropped catch. I’ve been told only 17 of his 149 runs in the first innings came off my bowling,” he added.

The 29-year-old Kohli will be keen to continue rich form and level terms with England when the second Test starts on August 9 at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Pakistan, Azhar Mahmood, Nelson, ODI, New Zealand
Azhar Mahmood draws inspiration from Virat Kohli. Getty Images

Azhar Mahmood glad to meet Virat Kohli in England:

The former Pakistan cricketer, a British citizen now, admitted that he was happy to meet Virat Kohli. He also showered heaps of praise on the modern-day great saying he is inspirational for everybody including him.

In conclusion, Mahmood wished him luck for the future.

Good to see you as always. An inspirational to the youngsters and & elders like me @imVkohli all the best brother,” the post read.