Virat is the 'backbone' of Indian cricket team: Afridi
MOHALI: After many former Indian players, the Pakistan cricket team captain Shahid Afridi also joins the party to compare the Indian batting marvel Virat Kohli with the legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar saying Virat has now become the ‘backbone’ of the Indian cricket team, winning matches repeatedly with his wonder-bat.
Kohli has been the Indian cricket team’s ‘good luck charm’ in the ongoing World Twenty20 series, playing victorious knocks against Pakistan and Bangladesh under high pressure which made ‘Boom Boom Afridi’ praise the star-batsman of the Indian team to the skies.
"Virat Kohli has become the backbone of the Indian team. Earlier, it used to be the Master Blaster who won countless matches for India and now it is Kohli who is playing the same role," Afridi said after Pakistan lost to Australia by 21 runs and crashed out of the World Twenty20 series.
Talking about their last match in the series, Afridi admitted that his team was really not good enough against the Australians.
"To be very honest, we were not good enough. We had batting problems. Our bowlers were initially doing well but we gave away 40 runs in the last four overs which was not favourable to be done in a match against a team like Australia," he said.
Australian captain Steve Smith said that this was the best performance of his team in the tournament so far.
Asked about his thoughts about the quarter-final match against India on Sunday, the Australian captain said, "India is a world class side and will be tough to defeat”.