Virat Kohli has undoubtedly one of the most formidable batsmen in the history of cricket, a nightmare for even the most elite of bowlers to face him on the 22 yards. However, Naseem Shah, a teenage bowler from Pakistan has openly stated as being fearless against the hard hitting batsman, and gets appraisal from his veteran teammate Faisal Iqbal, who believes the youngster can take the captain of Team India as his bunny!
Naseem Shah, the 17 year old pacer from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is on his nascent days with the Pakistani squad, and has been gathering momentum in Test cricket. Recently in an interview with PakPassion.net., the starlet spoke about playing against India, and facing Kohli on the pitch, whom he holds respect for but not fear.
PakPassion’s Official Twitter handle shared the interview for the netizens, and Faisal Iqbal, veteran spinner and cricket coach took the opportunity to take a slight dig at the Indian skipper.
“With due respect to Virat as a great batsman I am sure our upcoming superstar fast bowler @iNaseemShah with genuine pace 🔥 and swing virat will be his bunny anytime! Looking forward to the future 🏏battle! 👍🏻😉#RespectForBoth🤗” Iqbal tweeted.
With due respect to Virat as a great batsman I am sure our upcoming superstar fast bowler @iNaseemShah with genuine pace 🔥 and swing virat will be his bunny anytime! Looking forward to the future 🏏battle! 👍🏻😉 #RespectForBoth 🤗 https://t.co/WrIdpybNQeAdvertisement
— Faisal Iqbal🇵🇰🏏فیصل اقبال (@FaisalIqbalCric) June 1, 2020
Iqbal’s last international appearance for Pakistan dates back to 2010, in a Test against Australia, with a total of 26 appearances in the format. Now fallen out of favour from the squad, Iqbal has made his time in domestic cricket, reaching the final of the 2011 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, playing for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
“I hope that I can bowl well against India when that chance comes by and won’t let our fans down. As for Virat Kohli, I respect him but don’t fear him,” Naseem had said in the interview.
“It’s always a challenge to bowl to the best, but that’s where you have to raise your game. I look forward to playing against Virat Kohli and India whenever that chance comes.” the teenager added.
The youngster made his international Test debut in November 2019 against Australia, and has earned four caps in the red ball format.
His last appearance was in the One-off Test against Bangladesh in February, where he impressed with a total of five wickets across the two innings, and became the youngest Test bowler to secure a hat trick.
“India versus Pakistan is always special and I have already been told that players can become heroes and villains in those matches,” Shah continued, “They are special matches as they happen so rarely and yes, I am looking forward to playing against India whenever that opportunity arises.”