Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir congratulated Virat Kohli for crossing 6,000-run mark in Test Cricket.
Kohli crossed 6000 runs in Tests on day of the ongoing Test at Southampton. The 29-year-old is now the second-fastest Indian to score 6,000 Test runs. He achieved the feat in his 119th innings. The all time list is led by Sunil Gavaskar who achieved the feat in 117 innings.
The Indian captain also is only the 10th Indian batsman and overall the 66th Test batsman to achieve the landmark.
Kohli has been in sensational form in this series, burying the nightmare tour of 2014 where he scored only 134 runs in 10 innings. In a series where not many batsmen have managed to leave their mark, Kohli has looked class apart. He has already scored two centuries and one fifty.
The right-hander, meanwhile, could not score big to make his day special. He was out for 46. However, he was in for a pleasant surprise when he went to his hotel after the day’s play. The hotel staff managed to make Kohli’s day special with a special gesture. And Kohli then took to Twitter to share a picture of their gift.
And hours after that, Amir took to the social media to congratulate him, writing:
“Congrats brother keep going???”
Congrats brother keep going???
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) September 1, 2018
Kohli and Amir’s friendship, meanwhile, is well documented. While the two nations continue to have differences between them, these two players have shown the way by forging a strong bond between them.
Time and again, Kohli has displayed his feelings. He was one of the few individuals who had backed Amir’s return to international cricket after he served out a ban of five years for spot-fixing. He had also gifted Amir one of his bats.
Both the players also share a mutual respect for each other. In an interview, Kohli had admitted that Amir is the best bowler he has ever faced. Amir also returned the favour by calling Kohli the best in the world.