Intensity is the key for me, says Kohli

Pakistan

Miandad's remark comes at a time when Kohli, through his 34th hundred is only batsman behind Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 centuries and that he is only 29 years of age.

Former Pakistan cricket team captain Shahid Afridi says controlled aggression is always good for any team, while talking about the criticism the Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team faced following the Test series in South Africa. He was the lone player from both the sides to get to a century in the Test series which India lost. Miandad hailed Kohli's technique and the ability to quickly adjudge the strength and weakness of a bowler which makes him a "great batsman".

In an interview to a Pakistani website, Miandad pointed out Kohli's technical prowess and uncanny knack to rescue India from hard situations and guide them home as the hallmark of a great batsman. Elaborating on why Kohli is the best, Miandad said: "Kohli's batting method is what allows him to score runs not just once but nearly every time he comes in to bat. Kohli is a genius who is the best batsman in the world".

"If a batsman's technique is poor, he can put some runs on the board once in a while but he will not be able to do that consistently", he said.

On the topic of tensions between India and Pakistan, Afridi said it is important for the two countries to be on the same page.

He added: "It doesn't matter what sort of pitch it is because he is a complete player". He is a supreme athlete, he is getting runs every game.

Miandad didn't hold his emotions back and opened up on lack of cricket eco-system in Pakistan which he feels is the reason why they are not able to compete with teams like India on the global stage despite possessing solid talent. "If you take everyone ahead together, if the captain supports the young players or those in troubled times, he also earns respect", Afridi was quoted saying ahead of the first game.

Akram also lauded Ravi Shastri and pointed out what makes him a successful coach of the Indian cricket team.

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