Mushtaq Mohammad feels Kohli will be a headache for any Pakistan captain
He also hoped that India wins the ongoing Test series against England.
Updated - Aug 2, 2018 11:22 am
Virat Kohli would be the most difficult player to deal with for any Pakistani captain, feels former Pakistan all-rounder Mushtaq Mohammad, brother of the late Hanif ‘marathon’ Mohammad.
Seventy-four now and a resident of Birmingham, Mohammad feels Kohli is such a good player in all the formats that it becomes very difficult to stop him for a captain and he said that without reducing an iota of his respect for former Indian gears like Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. He also hoped that India wins the ongoing Test series in England on the back of their captain’s performances.
“Gavaskar played in a different era and I am not saying Tendulkar is a lesser player. But the very fact Kohli plays all the three formats so well makes him a more difficult player to stop. I hope he wins this Test series against England,” Mohammad told Times of India.
His predictions will be tested during the Asia Cup to be held in the UAE next month when India will lock horns with Pakistan a minimum of two times.
You guys keep producing great batsmen
Mohammad, who played 57 Tests and 10 ODIs for Pakistan between 1959 and 1978, also spoke highly about India-Pakistan cricketing rivalry saying players from the two countries used to be fierce competitors on the field but friends off the ground. He also praised India saying it produced generations of good batsmen in the forms of Gavaskar, Tendulkar and now Kohli.
We used to be such fierce competitors on the field and such good friends off it. You guys just keep producing great batsmen from Sunil Gavaskar to Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli,” he added.
Mohammad was also all praise about his former younger mate Imran Khan who is inching closer to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan. He hoped that Khan leads Pakistan the way he led its national side in cricket. “I just hope he leads the country the way he led the Pakistan team. Cricket will probably not be on his mind. He would have bigger issues to deal with,” the 74-year-old concluded.