Virat Kohli and I would have been best of friends off field, worst of enemies on field: Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has that said he would have been “best friends” with India skipper Virat Kohli off the field, however, the two would have been the best of enemies when it comes to the on-field rivalry.

India skipper Virat Kohli (Reuters Photo)


  • Shoaib Akhtar has said he has immense respect for India skipper Virat Kohli
  • Akhtar said Kohli and he have similar kind of nature as both of them are Punjabi
  • Akhtar had once also termed Kohli has ‘modern-day Bradman’

Former Pakistan fast bowling great Shoaib Akhtar has often lavished praise on Virat Kohli, however, this time, the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ has said that he feels like he and the Indian skipper would have a great bond of friendship as he believes they have the two of them have the similar kind of nature.

Akhtar said though he would have been “best friends’ with Virat Kohli off the field, the Indian batting great would also be his best of enemies when it comes to on-field rivalry.

“Virat Kohli would have been best of my friends, because both of us are Punjabis and we have similar kind of nature, even though he is a lot junior to me, I really respect him,” Akhtar said on Espncricinfo Videocast with India cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar.

“We would have been best off the friends but on the field, we would have been the best of the best enemies,” Akhtar added.

Earlier, Akhtar had also termed Virat Kohli as the ‘modern-day Bradman’ and also appreciated his on-field tactics, saying that the Indian batsman was a bowler’s captain.

Not just this, Akhtar had recently also explained how he would plan to dismiss the swashbuckling Indian batsman.

“If I was bowling, I would go wider of the crease and pitch the ball up [to Kohli] and shape it away from him in order to make him drive.”

“If that does not work, I will bowl him at 150 [kph] and he will get out,” Akhtar was quoted as saying in a video on Instagram Live. has plenty of useful resources that can help you better understand the coronavirus pandemic and protect yourself. Read our comprehensive guide (with information on how the virus spreads, precautions and symptoms), watch an expert debunk myths, and access our dedicated coronavirus page.
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