The name Virat Kohli is not only a name as of today it is a brand. Having made his international debut in 2008, Kohli couldn’t cement his spot as a regular fixture in the national side amid the stalwarts and seniors in the team. It was only after the 2011 World Cup that he was seen as the future and began playing innings of substance, transforming into a genuine match-winner.
At present, the Indian captain is a prolific and consistent run-getter across all three formats, averaging above 50. But in between, there were a few cricketers, who started well but couldn’t quite carry on and remain consistent for a number of years like Virat Kohli. Such cricketers stayed in sight to become a Virat Kohli-like man for their team; however, faded away.
We take a look at four such batsmen who attracted comparisons to Virat Kohli but faded away:
Not only by looks but also by intensity, Ahmed Shehzad resembles a lot like Virat Kohli. However, when it comes to class, commitment, and temperament, the Indian captain stands miles ahead than his Pakistani counterpart.
The Pakistan opening batsman has found himself central to plenty of on-field controversies. In 2014, he made inappropriate religious comments in an altercation with Tillakaratne Dilshan. A year later, Shehzad claimed a catch off Lahiru Thirimane, when the ball clearly hit the ground according to the replays.
As far as the 28-year old’s performances are concerned, he has 2605 runs in 81 ODIs and 1471 in 59 T20Is. Ahmed Shehzad last played for Pakistan in October 2019 against Sri Lanka. He played in two out of three T20Is, scoring 4 and 13.