Virat Kohli deserves praise for performance in Australia: Wasim Akram
Former Pakistan opener Mohsin Khan praised India's batsmen.
Published - Jan 9, 2019 7:08 pm | Updated - Jan 9, 2019 7:11 pm
Being ICC’s number one ranked Test team, a lot was expected of India in the Test series against Australia. However, they didn’t crumble under the expectations and rather, came out triumphant, winning the series 2-1. Virat Kohli became the first Asian captain to win a Test series on Australian soil. Moreover, India, under his leadership, won their maiden Test series in Australia.
The 30-year-old Kohli wasn’t quite at his very best with the bat in hand but led his troops with dignity. The other batters and the bowling department, especially the fast bowlers helped India romp past their opponents without much fuss. In the meantime, former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram has praised the Delhi-born cricketer and said that he should be lauded for the incredible show.
Words of praises from Akram and Khan
Furthermore, the 52-year-old Akram also put forth India’s strong domestic structure as a major reason behind India’s dominant show Down Under. “I think Virat Kohli deserves lot of praise for this performance and I would think this success can be put down to the solid domestic cricket structure in India,” Akram said in a function as per reports in India Today.
Former Pakistan opener Mohsin Khan also couldn’t help, but praise Kohli and the other Indian batsmen, including the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant, the top-two run-scorers in the series. “I have been impressed by the batting displays by [Cheteshwar] Pujara, [Virat] Kohli, [Rishabh] Pant and others in this series as this allowed their bowlers to bowl without any pressure,” Mohsin mentioned.
Even as Pant ended the series with 350 runs at an average of 58.33, Pujara racked up 521 runs with three centuries at an average of 74.42 and faced a stunning 1258 deliveries. Kohli scored a century in the first innings of the second Test in Perth and a half-century at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to end the series with 282 runs at an average of 40.28.
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