The Indian national cricket team has produced some talented cricketers in recent times, and one of them is their current skipper, Virat Kohli. Meanwhile, Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez praised the India captain saying Kohli is head and shoulders above the rest.

Virat is technically superior – Hafeez

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli recently became the fastest batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs against the Windies. However, he is currently leading India in Australia for the four-match Test series. Meanwhile, India had beaten Australia in Adelaide by 31 runs and has a one-nil lead. Although he couldn’t score big in the first Test, the right-handed batsman will remain as a vital component for the side. However, Hafeez says looking at him, one realizes, he’s the best the game has to offer now.

“When I look at the current batsmen in the international arena, I do not think anyone can come close to Kohli. He is head and shoulders above the rest in terms of ability to score runs. He is technically superior and mentally very strong,” Hafeez told Firstpost in an interview.

Mohammad Hafeez, Virat Kohli
Hafeez calls Virat Kohli, the best player around at the moment. Image Courtesy: Getty

Hafeez talks about his retirement

Moreover, the 38-year-old reiterated he didn’t hang his boots from Tests because of his recent form, and that he had been thinking about it for a while. Hafeez further said to give youngsters a chance to enter the Pakistan Test side, he thought of quitting Tests. Also, the veteran said, he had informed the PCB about it beforehand.

“I was planning to retire from Tests for the last few weeks, and my decision was not based on my recent form. I had already sounded the Pakistan Cricket Board about my plans to retire from Tests. So I felt the time was ripe for me to make an exit from the Test arena. I want to give the youngsters in the team an opportunity to settle down.” Mohammad Hazeez added.

Mohammad Hafeez, Virat Kohli
Hafeez called curtains on his Test career recently. Image Courtesy: Getty

However, Hafeez had played 55 Tests for Pakistan and scored 3,652 runs at an average of 37.6. He also scalped 53 wickets to his name at 34.11.