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Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019

Shoaib Akhtar picks India stalwart as toughest batsman to bowl to in modern era

Shoaib Akhtar was having a question and answer session with his fans and when one of the users asked him the question, he was quick to take Virat Kohli’s name.

cricket Updated: Nov 18, 2019 08:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
A file photo of Shoaib Akhtar.
A file photo of Shoaib Akhtar.(Getty Images)
         

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar picked Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli as the toughest batsman to bowl to in the modern era during a recent Twitter interaction. Akhtar was having a question and answer session with his fans and when one of the users asked him the question, he was quick to take Kohli’s name. Akhtar has been a staunch supporter of the India batsman and he has praised him on numerous occasions.

 

Kohli created captaincy history after India thumped Bangladesh by an innings and 130 runs at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Saturday. Riding on a scintillating double century from opener Mayank Agarwal and a power-packed show from pacers, India thumped Bangladesh inside three days to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series. This is India’s sixth consecutive victory in the longest format as their scintillating form on home soil continues.

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Courtesy of this latest innings victory, captain Kohli has now added his name in history books as he now holds the record of being the Indian captain with most number of innings victory. Kohli went past former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s record in this illustrious list.

Most innings victory for an Indian skipper

10: Virat Kohli

9: MS Dhoni

8: Mohammad Azharuddin

7: Sourav Ganguly

Overall, Kohli still has some distance to go to reach the top as he currently stands at the seventh spot. Legendary South Africa cricketer Graeme Smith leads the way with a whopping 22 such victories in the longest format.

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After beating South Africa in their last Test series, India created a world record of 11 consecutive series victories at home. Following this win in Indore, India have a chance to extend their lead at top by winning the historic Day-Night Test at Eden Gardens.

(With agency inputs)