Virat Kohli knows the importance of the match and he is backing the players to come good against the Kiwis.

Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has praised the current Indian team for its performance in international cricket. The veteran stated that cricket fans in Pakistan are fond of Indian batters while revealing the name of the player, who is greater than Virat Kohli.

“Today, there are no Pakistanis who say that India does not have a good team. They appreciate it openly. They consider Virat Kohli is a great player and Rohit Sharma even greater. People here in Pakistan say, ‘he is the Inzamam-Ul-Haq of India’. People appreciate Rishabh Pant, for the way he had played in Australia. Then there is Suryakumar Yadav. He is being appreciated too. So, Pakistan holds a very good narrative about India,” Akhtar told Zee News.

He also spoke about the India-Pakistan relationship and considers himself fortunate to be loved by the fans in India.

“If you look at my videos, they are not on the ground of hate. I believe that as a former cricketer, a brand ambassador and as a human being, that my comments should be balanced. People say that the comments I make are to make money. That is not true. I have so many fans in India. I am a lucky Pakistani who Indians love so much. There is no doubt about that. I don’t want to hurt their sentiments or mine,” Akhtar pointed out.

India and Pakistan will start their ICC T20 World Cup campaign on October 24 at the Dubai International Stadium.

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