I respect him, but I don’t fear him: Pakistan pacer Naseem Shah on prospects of facing Virat Kohli

Written by Abhishek Patil

On 10th February 2020, Pakistan teenager Naseem Shah created a world record when he took a hat-trick against Bangladesh in Rawalpindi. In doing so, Shah became the youngest bowler to grab a hat-trick in Test cricket at the age of 16 years and 359 days.

Shah is eagerly awaiting is the match-up against Indian captain Virat Kohli. India-Pakistan are generally high-octane with a lot of emotions around the stadium. Shah has maintained 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,” Shah said.

“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,” he added.

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