Indian skipper, Virat Kohli has been the batting epitome of cricketing orbs. Bowlers of greater edge often get budged on their endeavours while they witness Kohli taking the strike. He already made himself count as one of the best batsmen of this era. His 47 centuries (30 in ODIs and 17 in Test) are a testimonial to his batting prowess.
It is an absolute pleasure for bowlers to get his prized wicket and few have made the honor list for getting him out repetitively. Australian Nathan Lyon and English James Anderson have got the better of Kohli five times in Test while in ODIs West Indian Ravi Rampaul has dismissed him the most, six times, followed by Sri Lankan Thisara Perera five times. Still, these bowlers do not figure on Virat’s list of toughest bowler he has faced. The honor has gone to someone who surprisingly has got him out just once in international cricket.
In an interview with Bollywood star actor Aamir Khan, Kohli was asked who he thinks is the toughest bowler, he has faced. It came as a sharp bouncer when the Delhi lad mentioned Pakistan paceman, Mohammad Amir as the toughest bowler he has faced in his career.
What did Kohli exactly say?
Indian skipper said,“Keeping in the mind the recent bowlers I have gone up against it has to Mohammad Amir of Pakistan. He is in the top two or three bowlers in the world. And he is also the toughest bowler I have played in my career. He is one of those bowlers who demands that you bring your ‘A’ Game while facing him. Or he will strike. Outstanding! Very good bowler!”
This is not the first time Kohi has been all praises about Amir. After India-Pakistan match in the 2016 World Cup T20, Kohli had appreciated Amir’s fiery spell which he survived gracefully. India-Pakistan doesn’t play bilateral cricket series as of now, so the two teams meet only in major ICC tournaments. In the six matchups between Kohli and Amir, the latter got him out just once. And that too happened in the final of 2017 Champions Trophy. On the other end, Amir has returned the compliment in recent times. He has labeled Kohli the best he’s bowled to since his return from the spot-fixing scandal.
Belonging to the cohort of cricket fanatics, Ranojoy Middya is an assiduous cricketer who aspires to live life in purview of the cricketing world; penning his line of thinking at present and living up to it in the near future.