Virat Kohli is the toughest modern-day batsman to bowl at: Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib Akhtar has praised the ace India cricketer time and again, both for his batting as well as captaincy.

Virat Kohli and Shoaib Akhtar
Virat Kohli and Shoaib Akhtar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

India captain Virat Kohli has been one of the greatest batsmen the country has produced. In 11 years of international cricket, the 31-year-old has amassed over 11,000 runs with 69 tons. He is just seven centuries short of breaking compatriot Sachin Tendulkar’s record of having 49 hundreds — the highest — in the 50-over format.

As captain, too, Kohli is on a roll at the moment, especially in the longer format. He has won 32 out of 52 Tests he has captained in Tests and most recently, India have accomplished three back-to-back innings victories at home, something that is unmatched.


Kohli has admirers all across the cricketing world because of his phenomenal batting career and one of them is former Pakistan speedster, Shoaib Akhtar. Recently, the Rawalpindi Express held a 15-minute question-and-answer session on Twitter where one fan asked him to name the batsman who he thinks the most difficult one to dismiss in modern-era cricket.

To that, Shoaib replied “@ImVkohli” tagging the India captain in his response.

Shoaib Akhtar has praised the ace India cricketer time and again, both for his batting as well as captaincy. Last month, he called Kohli a bowler’s captain and appreciated the fact that the latter enjoys seeing his pacers rattling the opponents. “It is a good thing that Indian bowlers have such a good captain,” he said. He even called Kohli the best captain who is miles ahead of the rest.

Virat Kohli currently the No.1 batsman in ODIs, No.2 in Test cricket

Kohli is currently the No.1 batsman in the world in ODIs, No.2 in Tests and No.15 in T20Is. He was the No.1 in the longer format as well till recently when Australian Steve Smith pipped him after a phenomenal Ashes show.

This is not the first time that Akhtar has picked Kohli as the world’s best batsman. In July this year, too, the 44-year-old had said in a similar question-answer session on Twitter that the Indian top-order batsman is the best in the world among the likes of Joe Root (England), Smith, Kane Williamson (New Zealand) and Akhtar’s own country’s Babar Azam.