Former Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad on Saturday named his favourite batsman in the current Indian team. Players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane have risen to the occasion and taken India to new heights.
So who is Pakistan legend Javed Miandad’s favourite Indian batsman? The rivalry between India and Pakistan is known to all, but there has always been a mutual respect between cricketers of both the countries.
The former Pakistan captain picked the current India skipper as his favourite due to his “classy” batting.
Speaking on his YouTube channel about the talent and depth present in the Indian squad, Miandad especially praised Kohli for his excellent stats and the way he achieved them.
“I was asked who is the best in the Indian cricket team, so I choose Virat Kohli,” Miandad said.
“I don’t have to say much, his performance itself tells a lot. People have to admit this as stats are visible.
“Virat performed really well in South Africa; even on an uneven wicket, he scored a hundred. You cannot say he is scared of fast-bowlers, or he cannot play on bouncy pitches, or he doesn’t play spinners well.”
Miandad, who aggregated 8832 runs in 124 Tests and 7381 runs in 233 ODIs for Pakistan, stated that both Kohli and Rohit make batting look easy.
One of the fiercest competitors of his time, Miandad, is known for his outspokenness.
On Kohli, the 62-year-old added, “He is a clean hitter. Look at his shots; it feels so good to watch him bat. He has class.”
Kohli, however, has been going through a lean patch in recent times.
The 31-yer-old could manage to score just 218 runs across formats in 11 outings when India toured New Zealand earlier this year.
Overall, the Indian skipper has played 86 Tests, 248 ODIs, and 82 T20Is so far and has scored 7240, 11867, and 2794 runs, respectively.