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“Virat doesn’t play against Nepal, Zimbabwe” – Mohammad Amir takes an indirect dig at Babar Azam while mentioning Virat Kohli

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Former Pakistan cricket team fast bowler Mohammad Amir praised Indian batsman Virat Kohli for his outstanding accomplishments in One Day Internationals (ODIs). Amir suggested that Kohli might have already surpassed the great and icon of the game Sachin Tendulkar’s records if he had consistently competed against less formidable opponents.

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In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Kohli is showcasing an exceptional form, accumulating 442 runs in 7 innings with an impressive average of 88.40. He achieved his 48th ODI century against Bangladesh and narrowly missed centuries on three other occasions.

During an interview with a local TV channel, Mohammad Amir noted that Virat Kohli tends to avoid matches against teams like the Netherlands, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe, which, according to Amir, has hindered his chances of breaking records.

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Amir stated, “Had Virat Kohli played series against Netherlands, Nepal, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe then he would have broken Sachin Tendulkar’s record by now. He doesn’t play against these teams.”

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In the ongoing tournament, the Delhi-born cricketer achieved one century and four half-centuries. He was dismissed for 85 runs against Australia in the first game and scored 95 and 88 runs against South Africa and Sri Lanka, respectively.

Amir also shared his perspective on the comparison between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam, emphasizing that such comparisons are unwise. He said, “I don’t understand why people keep drawing parallels between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam; any such comparison is unwarranted. Moreover, one must consider the player’s approach. He displayed a ball-to-ball approach in the game against Sri Lanka and was putting in the effort.”

Kohli formed a 189-run partnership with Shubman Gill vs Sri Lanka after the early dismissal of Rohit Sharma. He seemed on course to equal Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries but was deceived by a slower delivery from Dilshan Madushanka.

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Virat Kohli’s next appearance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 will be the at the iconic Eden Gardens when the Indian cricket team takes on South Africa in their upcoming World Cup 2023 on Thursday, November 2nd.