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Here’s what Pakistan pacer Mohammad Irfan had to say about Virat Kohli’s praise

Mohammad Irfan was singled out for praise by Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, and the Pakistan pacer responded to his kind words on social media.

cricket Updated: Nov 08, 2017 14:35 IST
Sarthak Bal
Sarthak Bal
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Virat Kohli,Indian cricket team,Shoaib Akhtar
Virat Kohli has, in recent times, lavished praised on former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar and recently praised Mohammad Irfan as well. (AFP)

Since the partition of 1947, the India-Pakistan rivalry has been one of the fiercest rivalries in world cricket. But despite all the volatility on the border, cricketers of the two nations have managed to maintain healthy friendships with one another off the field.

Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli seems to be a flag bearer in this regard in recent times. After previously having lavished praise on Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir on chat show with Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, he recently paid tribute to Shoaib Akhtar.

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“I have never faced Shoaib Akhtar. But I have seen him in a game in Dambula against Pakistan. I got out. I couldn’t face him. He looked lethal. When I saw that, I realised what it would feel like after his ball hit the batsmen on the body,” Times Now quoted Kohli as saying on the show Breakfast With Champions.

Shoaib Akhtar didn’t shy away from respionding to Kohli’s kind words.

Kohli, who lead India to yet another series win over New Zealand on Tuesday, also praised Pakistan’s Mohammad Irfan, voicing his appreciation of the bowler on the web-series hosted by Gaurav Kapoor.

Irfan also responded with a tweet, wishing the batsmen the best and expressing his desire to go up against him on the field.

Having defeated New Zealand 2-1 in the three-match T-20 series, India will now prepare for a three-Test series against familiar foes Sri Lanka. The first Test begins in Kolkata on November 16.

First Published: Nov 08, 2017 14:35 IST