The popularity of Virat Kohli has transcended borders, captivating fans on both sides of the boundary. His star-studded presence has also drawn fans in Pakistan. It’s no secret that Kohli is admired by a large fan base in Pakistan, as was evident in a viral fan comment last Saturday. Watching him dominate on television screens is no wonder, given the massive following he has.
Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has consistently praised Kohli and placed him at the forefront of discussions. But this is because Kohli has the star power to attract people to him, whether on the field, on TV, or in any other program.
Among commentators-turned-people, Kohli’s immense popularity has been a constant topic of discussion. While most are happy to talk about Kohli, Waqar Younis has been somewhat bothered by the excessive attention Kohli receives. On Sunday, as India and Pakistan prepared for another intense showdown in their historic rivalry during the super four stage of the Asia Cup, Akram shared his perspective just moments before both captains came together.
“I passed by him today and told Virat Kohli to come into my dreams. He responded, ‘What do you mean, Vasim bhai? I can just stop by.’ Talking to the host broadcaster, Akram said, ‘Don’t take him out of your mind after this.'”
After saying this, Akram accepted Kohli’s greatness and also praised the likes of Shahin Afridi and Babar Azam. He emphasized that there is confidence in modern-day greats like Kohli and Babar Azam to excel on grand stages, especially when it’s India vs. Pakistan, where the stakes couldn’t be higher.
“Virat, Babar, Shahin, and all these match-winners, they play this game for moments like these – India vs. Pakistan. It means a lot for Pakistan, and the same for the others. It’s either made or broken. Not for people like Virat Kohli and Babar Azam but for youngsters. It’s an enjoyable game. Yesterday, the entire Colombo was buzzing,” Akram remarked.