If I had faced Kohli, he would not have scored as many runs: Shoaib Akhtar. Kohli and Akhtar faced off against each other only once, in the 2010 Asia Cup.
Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar claims that if he had faced former Indian captain Virat Kohli, the latter would not have scored as many runs in his career. It should be note that Kohli and Akhtar only face each other once, during the 2010 Asia Cup. However, Kohli was unable to face the Rawalpindi Express in that match.
Kohli had previously expressed a desire to face Akhtar. Kohli emphasized that he enjoys a challenge and would have enjoyed competing against the fastest bowler in the world. To be sure, Akhtar has chastise Kohli for his lack of form in the ongoing IPL, and he has also stated that big players should be drop if they fail to perform for the team.
Virat Kohli is a good person as well as a great cricketer: Shoaib Akhtar
“Virat Kohli is a good person and a big cricketer, and big players say big things.” And I owe him a great debt of gratitude for that. But, if I play against Virat Kohli, he would not have score as many runs, but whatever he would have scored would have been fantastic, and it would have appeared that he fought hard for those runs,” he said in an interview with an Indian media outlet.
Furthermore, Akhtar stated that he would have “gotten the best out of Kohli.” “It’s possible he didn’t have 50 centuries.” At most, 20 or 25, but those would have been valiant hundreds. “I would have gotten the most out of Virat Kohli,” he went on to say.
Regarding Kohli’s international stats, the 33-year-old has played 458 matches across all three formats of the game, amassing 23,650 runs. In international play, the right-handed batter has also hit 122 fifties and 70 hundreds. Kohli has appeared in 214 IPL matches and scored 6402 runs at an average of 36.79.