You are a great player indeed: Shahid Afridi tells Virat Kohli

The Statesman

The Statesman

Author 2019-09-19 16:04:00

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Indian cricketer Virat Kohli (Centre) with Pakistan cricketers Shahid Afridi (R) and Mohammad Amir (L) during a practice session at Eden Gardens ahead of their ICC T20 World Cup match in Kolkata, on March 18, 2016. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has praised India batsman Virat Kohli, terming the classy right-hander a “great player” and urging him to keep entertaining the fans across the world.

It is to note that 30-year-old Kohli on Wednesday became the leading run-getter in T20Is as he led the Men in Blue to a commanding seven-wicket win over South Africa in the second game of the three-match series in Mohali.

The Indian skipper played a sensational knock of 72 not out off just 52 balls. His blitzkrieg included four boundaries and three sixes.

“Congratulations Virat Kohli. You are a great player indeed, wish you continued success, keep entertaining cricket fans all around the world,” Afridi tweeted.

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Kohli is now on the top in the list of leading run-scores in T20Is. He has 2,441 runs in the format while Rohit Sharma, with 2,434, is second in the list. Kohli is the only batsman in the world to have a batting average of above 50 in all three formats of the game.

Talking about the match, after getting an invitation to bat first, South Africa scored 149 runs in 20 overs which India chased down with six balls to spare.
Post the win, India lead the series 1-0 as the first T20I between the two sides got washed out. The teams next meet for the final encounter at Bengaluru on Sunday.

(With inputs from IANS)

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