Virat Kohli doing brilliant job, his character is different from MS Dhoni, says Shahid Afridi
Virat Kohli is on a century spree. The Indian captain has scored two centuries in three ODIs towards South Africa in 2018 and his innings of 160* in 159 balls in Cape Town gave his aspect an unassailable 3-Zero lead within the sequence. Former Pakistani batsman Shahid Afridi, who lately led his staff to a clean-sweep 2-Zero victory towards Virender Sehwag’s XI in St Moritz Ice Cricket Tournament, praised Kohli on his captaincy. Speaking to information company PTI, the 37-year previous stated, “Virat is doing a brilliant job. I have no problem with aggression if it is a controlled one. And Virat’s character is different from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was a composed individual,” he stated.
Afridi, who was recognized for his dynamic nature throughout his cricketing days, added that Kohli can take the staff together with him. “Now suddenly, you cannot change the inherent nature of a person. Virat’s greatest asset is that he can take the team along,” the previous allrounder added.
Kohli, who is at the moment main India within the on-going 6-match ODI sequence towards South Africa, has performed towards Shahid Afridi earlier than the Pakistani cricketer introduced his retirement. Speaking on his relations with the Indian skipper, Afridi stated, “My relationship with Virat is not dictated by the political situation. Virat is a fantastic human being and an ambassador of cricket for his country, just like I am for my country. He (Kohli) has always shown a lot of respect and has even gone out of his way to present a signed jersey for my foundation (Shahid Afridi Foundation),” the veteran stated.
In spite of the continued political tensions between the 2 nations, Afridi stated that he and Kohli share a heat relation. “There is a lot of warmth and fellow-feeling whenever I have spoken to Virat. It’s not that we get a chance to speak a lot but from time to time, he would drop in a message and I would do the same. I congratulated him recently when I came to know he was getting married,” he stated.
Afridi added that he and the Indian cricketer can set an instance for the 2 nations. “I believe as cricketers we can set examples of how relationship between individuals can be a template for relationship between countries. I think after Pakistan, the two countries where I have received most love and respect are India and Australia,” he stated.
On being questioned about evaluating Kohli with Pakistan captain Sarfraz Khan, Afridi stated, “Sarfraz is still new to the job and he will only get better along the way. The only thing I don’t like is that media running down players during their rough times. As long as you are winning, everything is fine and you lose a game and all hell breaks loose. That is grossly unfair. We should not overlook someone’s past achievements just because he is going through a bad patch.”
India will play the 4th ODI towards South Africa at Wanderers in Johannesburg on Saturday.