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Virat Kohli's aggressive attitude impresses me, says Shahid Afridi
From the Web Desk, 10/02/2018, New Delhi

 

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is completely in awe of India skipper Virat Kohli.

On the sidelines of the Ice Cricket 2018 in Switzerland, Afridi told Sports Tak that Kohli is among the best cricketers in the world.

"Virat is one the best in the world at the moment. I am highly impressed with his style of play and his aggressive attitude on the field. He always supports my foundation by giving away his shirt or bat," Shahid Afidi told Sports Tak.

Afridi further praised the Indian team's efforts in South Africa in the ongoing one day international series. India have taken a 3-0 unbeatable lead after victories in the first three ODIs.

"It's a great effort by the Indian team. We have seen India struggling overseas in the past but they have been playing wonderful cricket in the series. No doubt, Kohli always leads his team to victory when he performs," he added.

India have never won an ODI series in South Africa but that could change if India continue with their dominant run in the series and win one more match in the series.

The India-Pakistan cricket rivalry captures the imagination of the entire cricketing world but the two arch-rivals have not played each other in a bilateral series since 2012-13 due to strained relations.

Last year, former India sports minister Vijay Goel had categorically stated there could be no bilateral cricket with Pakistan as "cricket and terrorism can't go hand-in-hand."

In fact, the last time India and Pakistan played out a full-fledged bilateral series was including Tests was way back in 2007-08. The likes of Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, Azhar Ali and Mohammad Amir have never played an India-Pakistan Test match.

"I have enjoyed a lot of cricket in India and Australia. Cricket is like a religion in India. People of both the countries want to see India and Pakistan play in each other's backyards," Afridi said.

India and Pakistan, however, continue to play each other at ICC events - last year, the two nationals squared off in the Champions Trophy. While India won the first group match, Pakistan, riding on Amir's magical spell, beat India in the final to lift the trophy.

 

 
 
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