Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 64 off 44 deliveries in India’s last match against Bangladesh in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. It was his third unbeaten half-century in four innings in the tournament, following up 82 and 62-run knocks against Pakistan and the Netherlands, respectively. Former Pakistan captains Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shoaib Malik highlighted the same quality in Virat Kohli.
Former Pakistan captain Akram said that Kohli could have easily gotten disheartened when he was removed as the ODI captain after India’s disappointing T20 World Cup 2021 campaign, but there was no drop in Kohli’s intensity.
“Instead of making a face, I got dropped as a captain and blah blah blah. I will just stand quietly at short fine-leg, but he said no I got dropped as a captain, fine! I will play as a batter and also be the best fielder in the Indian side,” Akram said on A Sports.
In Pakistan, You Go Home After Being Dropped From captaincy – Waqar Younis
In the same panel, Akram’s former new-ball partner Waqar Younis mentioned that, usually in Pakistan, the captain will lose his place in the captain’s XI when the leadership duties are removed.
He said, “In Pakistan, you go home after you are dropped from captaincy. I don’t remember any player (from Pakistan) who has got dropped from captaincy and is making heads turn as a player.”
Virat Kohli’s Quality Is That He Plays The Entire 40 Overs With The Same Intensity – Shoaib Malik
Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik, who has played a lot of cricket against Kohli, praised Kohli for always considering a T20 as a 40-over game rather than only concentrating on his batting.
“This is something we’ve got to learn from Virat Kohli. Here in Pakistan, if you’ve scored runs, then people roam around with their collars up. There’s no harm in doing that, but always be a team man, whether you have scored runs or not.
“His quality is that he plays the entire 40 overs with the same intensity. You will always see Kohli trying to help out the team in the field. It doesn’t matter whether he has scored a hundred or has been dismissed for a zero,” Malik said.
Kohli has been in excellent form in the ongoing World Cup. He is the highest run-scorer in the multinational tournament with 220 runs, scoring three half-centuries in four matches.
The Indian batter surpassed Sri Lanka legend Mahela Jayawardene for the most runs in tournament history. Kohli currently has 1065 runs in 23 innings in the T20 World Cup, with an incredible average of 88.75 and a strike rate of 132.46.
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