I respect him but I don’t fear him: Naseem Shah on Virat Kohli
Indian captain Virat Kohli is considered as one of the finest batsmen in the world. He is the only batsman in modern-day cricket who has an incredible career average of 50+ across formats. While also being one of the best, he is also an aggressive cricketer.
Meanwhile, young Pakistan fast-bowler Naseem Shah is eager to face Virat Kohli. On 10th February 2020, the teenager created a world record, when he grabbed a hat-trick against Bangladesh in Rawalpindi and thus becoming the youngest bowler to do so in Test cricket at the age of 16 years and 359 days.
However, Pakistan youngster couldn’t wait to face bigger challengers early on in his career. In a recent interview with PakPassion.net, Naseem Shah talked about his career and added that he is keenly waiting for a contest against the Indian captain Virat Kohli. Shah said that although he respects Kohli, he doesn’t fear him.
“Yes definitely. India versus Pakistan is always special and I have already been told that players can become heroes and villains in those matches. They are special matches as they happen so rarely and yes, I am looking forward to playing against India whenever that opportunity arises.
I hope that I can bowl well against India when that chance comes by and won’t let our fans down. As for Virat Kohli, I respect him but don’t fear him. It’s always a challenge to bowl to the best, but that’s where you have to raise your game. I look forward to playing against Virat Kohli and India whenever that chance comes,” Naseem Shah added.
Naseem Shah is the fourth Pakistan bowler to accomplish a hat-trick, after the likes of Mohammad Sami, Abdul Razzaq, and Wasim Akram, who achieved the milestone twice.
Naseem hogged the limelight during Pakistan’s tour of Australia last year when he became the youngest fast bowler and second bowler overall to grab a fifer in a Test inning. He managed to achieve the feat when she was 16 years and 307 days against Sri Lanka in Karachi last year.