I would have sledged him: Wasim Akram on bowling to Virat Kohli

Pakistan’s legendary pacer shares his thoughts on Kohli’s aggressive mindset

I would have sledged him: Wasim Akram on bowling to Virat Kohli PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan’s legendary pacer Wasim Akram has said that he would have sledged India’s star batsman and captain Virat Kohli, to unsettle the latter, if he was bowling to him.

While speaking on Aakash Chopra’s YouTube channel, Akram compared the difference in the aggressive mindset of Kohli and India’s batting great Sachin Tendulkar.

“He [Virat] is the modern great but compared to Sachin, these are two different players altogether. Both are aggressive but of varying nature,” he said. “As a bowler you look at a batsman’s body language, if I sledged Tendulkar he would have become more determined because he was aggressive but calm in nature.”

“On the other hand, if I did the same to Kohli, he might get angry and try to attack me which gives me a good chance to take his wicket,” he added.

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Akram also termed Kohli as a nightmare for bowlers while touting him to break many records in world cricket.

“As far his technique is concerned, Virat Kohli is a nightmare for bowlers nowadays. He is supremely fit and will go on to break a lot of records,” he said.

The right-handed batsman has scored 7240 runs in 86 Test matches and has also accumulated 11867 runs in 248 One-day Internationals (ODIs). He has notched up 2794 runs in Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket as well. His average in all three formats of the game is above 50.