Mumbai: After Virat Kohli once again showed his appreciation for Mohammad Amir while he appeared on a chat show alongside Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, the Pakistani speedster had returned the compliment praising the Indian skipper.
Kohli, who is known to wear his heart on his sleeve, had termed Amir one of the best pacers going around.
Kohli said: “In the recent times, Mohammad Amir of Pakistan (keeps him on his toes). He is in the top two or three bowlers in the world and the toughest bowlers I have played in my career. You have to be on your ‘A’ Game when you’re facing him or he will strike. Outstanding! Very good bowler!”
Amir, who is currently out of Pakistani side as he is recuperating from injury, appreciated Kohli’s gesture.
“It is a great gesture on his part to praise someone and I am floored at his praise of my bowling. The way he presented me with the bat in Kolkatta (during ICC World Twenty20 last year) is an ever green memory for me,” Amir told Wisden India.
“The world knows Kohli is the best. You have to give your best against him. If you give him a chance he takes away the game, like he did in the Dhaka Asia Cup game,” added the Pakistan pacer before saying, “So I have to focus and do my best to target him. He has the best strike rate and average while chasing so he is also the biggest challenge for bowlers around the world.
“You become a better bowler when you bowl well against a batsman like Kohli,” concluded Amir....