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Shoaib Akhtar Defends Virat Kohli’s On-Field Aggression

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Virat Kohli’s on-field attitude has been in the spotlight of late. Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah recently called him the “world’s worst behaved player” and then Mitchell Johnson slammed his antics during the Perth Test.

On the other hand, Speaking up on the issue in an exclusive chat with NDTV, former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan said that Virat Kohli’s much-discussed on-field attitude has played a major role to play in getting him success. “When you talk about Virat Kohli, you talk about his fighting spirit, you talk about his drive, and if that has got him success then he should stick to that,” Khan said.

During the recently concluded Perth Test, Kohli was involved in an onfield-banter with rival captain Tim Paine. So much so that the umpire had to intervene into the matter.

Now, former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has gone to the extent of calling Kohli one of the modern greats of the game and said that critics should “cut him some slack.”

Akhtar took to Twitter to say, “@imVkohli is one of the modern greats of the game. Aggression has been a part & parcel of competitive cricket, specially when you are playing Down Under as long as it stays in limit. Please cut him some slack.”


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