India vs South Africa: ‘Fearless’ Virat Kohli best captain in world, says Shoaib Akhtar
Bengaluru: After Virat Kohli led India to a record 11th successive Test series win at home, the captain has come in for high praise from several former cricketers. Now, ex-Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar too has hailed Kohli’s achievement and anointed him as “the best captain in the world”.
On Sunday (October 13), India hammered South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in Pune to clinch the three-Test series with an unassailable 2-0 lead. This was a record 11th straight series win at home. They bettered Australia’s mark of 10, which was achieved twice.
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With the series against the Proteas being part of the ICC World Test Championship, Kohli said he was eyeing 3-0 win. The final Test is in Ranchi from October 19.
After India’s latest success, Akhtar has praised Kohli for his leadership.
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"I had earlier said that Virat Kohli will become a good captain after the World Cup because he is learning from his mistakes. He is learning well. He has learnt how to sort out India's batting order and team composition. Virat Kohli is the best captain in the world but around him there are so many poor captains," the former Pakistani speedster said on his Youtube channel.
"World is about mediocre captaincy nowadays. It's very disheartening to see that there are not many great captains in the world anymore apart from Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli. One thing I like about Virat Kohli is that he is a fearless captain. Virat Kohli ran all over South Africa. They (India) have become the best team in the world. They have a great, fearless captain. He puts his country before himself," he added.
Kohli is India’s most successful Test captain with 30 wins from 50 matches. He is only the second Indian skipper after Mahendra Singh Dhoni to lead the side in 50 or more matches.