Shoaib Akhtar declares Virat Kohli as the best batsman of the era ahead of India vs England 1st Test

Former Pakistani fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar declared Virat Kohli as the best batsman of the current era. As India gears up to face England in a five-match Test series commencing on January 25, Kohli finds himself included in the 16-member squad for the initial two encounters.

Speaking on the sidelines of the International League T20 league, where Akhtar serves as a brand ambassador and commentator, he drew comparisons between the iconic Sachin Tendulkar and Kohli. Akhtar expressed his belief that Kohli would have thrived even in the era when Tendulkar played, highlighting the competitiveness of the 35-year-old batsman,

“In the past, Sachin played with a single ball, and it would reverse swing against some top bowlers. There was only one playing field. If Sachin played today, he would have scored significantly. He’s the greatest, along with Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, and others. Wasim Akram and Shane Warne are included too. Virat would have been competitive in our era,” he said.

“He might have encountered challenges, but he would have still scored the runs he has now. We would have experienced a similar challenge facing tough opponents. However, playing against Wasim Akram is no simple feat. Virat is the greatest batsman of our time. Comparing both eras is not fair. Kudos to him. I hope he achieves a century of centuries,” he added.

Kohli’s illustrious career includes accumulating 26,733 runs in 522 international matches across formats, boasting an average of 54.11. Notably, he holds the distinction of being the sole player to achieve 50 centuries in ODI cricket.

The upcoming Test series against England provides another opportunity for Kohli to further solidify his standing as one of the era’s cricketing greats.

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