“His best is yet to come”- Veteran Pakistani opener Ahmed Shehzad on his bond with Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli is probably the biggest name that came into existence in the last decade or so. He has found immense success in his career, too, across all three formats, so it is not easy to write off his achievements. But he had three poor years with his format. But bounced back pretty well in the last year or so. But his best is yet to come; that’s what veteran Pakistani opener Ahmed Shehzad feels.

Shehzad was one of the most promising talents to come out of Pakistan. He became the face of Pakistani batting in the initial phase of his career. Many compared him with Virat Kohli after his brilliant performances with the bat. Notably, he is the first player from Pakistan to score a hundred in all three formats of the game.

“Whenever I needed help, Virat Kohli has been kind to help me out”- Ahmed Shehzad

The 31-year-old praised Virat Kohli and credited him for the success that India had in test cricket. In an interaction on Podcast, Shehzad said that he and Virat shared a mutual respect with each other and the former Indian captain has always help him out whenever he required. He added, 

“He has changed himself dramatically. When he burst onto the scene during the U-19 World Cup, he was a bit chubby. But the way he has transformed himself, not just from the cricketing aspect, it is commendable. He took India to new heights in Test cricket. I haven’t seen someone who has adapted so quickly. I feel that his best is yet to come.”

Ahmed Shehzad last played for Pakistan in December 2013, when he was part of a test against Sri Lanka. He last played an ODI and T20I in 2009. But after a bad season, he was sidelined form the team. Many believe that he had some clashes with then-coaching heads Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis. Shehzad played 13 Tests. 81 ODIs and 59 T20Is and scored 982, 2605, and 1471 runs, with 10 international centuries.

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