Published On: Wed, Jun 15th, 2016

Kohli, the best in the world: Imran Khan


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Imran khan, Pakistan’s World Cup-winning captain, has stated on Tuesday that Indian batsman Virat Kohli is the best player in the world, even superb than Sachin Tendulkar in critical moments.

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Khan told in an interview that “Cricket has had eras. In the eighties, it was Viv Richards, and then you had Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar who stood out. Virat Kohli is one of the complete players I’ve seen. He’s so versatile; he plays on both feet, and on all sides of the field,’’

He further added that “Apart from his talent and technique, he has a very good temperament. His temperament is better than Sachin’s. Kohli performs at the most difficult of opportunities, which Sachin sometimes wasn’t able to,” Kohli, who debuted in 2008, has been India’s prominent performer and has played match-winning knocks in various events.


Kohli’s extraordinary player in a World T20 match amid India and Pakistan in March direct to their charm the green shirts. Khan, the cricketer-turned-politician who was present in Kolkata for the match told that “It was very painful watching Pakistan lose, but Kohli played a very good game. I look at batsmen from a bowler’s point of view and I think of how to get them out.”

Imran continued by saying that “Just look at how Kohli plays in difficult situations. He’s better than anyone. I’d say he’s the best internationally, today. You can back him to play any match,”

Imran moreover showed anger at the Indian government for representing ‘immature’ attitude by not permitting two-pronged cricket ties amid the two countries and claimed them to reinstate ties.

He added that “It’s very immature to punish Pakistan for something they did not agree with. This idea of collective punishment… no human rights (principle) calls for collective punishment. Everyone here condemned the Mumbai and Pathankot attacks. Mind you, we suffer far more terrorist attacks than you do every other day. So, to blame a country that’s actually suffering from the worst form of terrorism, and then to give it this collective punishment, is just very immature,”


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.