Former Pakistan quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes that if he have been enjoying presently, he and Virat Kohli would have been mates in addition to enemies. Akhtar stated in an interview to the web site ESPNcricinfo, "Both of us are Punjabi big hearts … we would have been good friends outside the field and enemies inside the field."
He stated, "It is with Virat that if you fight him, then he becomes more focused. So I would break his focus to get him out. I would climb on his head. With his best speed I cut him the ball Forces and pulls because they don't have both of these shots. "
He stated, "I do know they wish to drive. <! –
So I’d drive him with my quick bowling and maintain speaking to him in between. Something comparable was finished by James Anderson in England. "
Akhtar used to bowl quick bouncer to Sachin Tendulkar who’s battling tennis elbow
Regarding his greatest rival Sachin Tendulkar throughout his profession, he stated, "I never used to be aggressive with him because there is a lot of respect for this world's best batsman." But I attempted to maintain his bat silent. For instance, when he was battling tennis elbow throughout India's 2006 tour of Pakistan, I used to place him a lot bouncer that he couldn’t hook or pool. ''