Virat Kohli pleased with Mohammad Amir’s comeback; praises his courage

Star Indian batsman Virat Kohli has praised Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir, who recently made a successful return to international cricket after serving a 5-year ban for his role in spot-fixing. Kohli said of Amir that it requires lot of hard work and courage to make a comeback and that he is very happy for Amir.

“I’m happy to see Amir back and wish him all the best. He’s always been a top-class bowler. He’s worked hard and it requires courage,” said Kohli during a press conference on the eve of India’s opening match in the Asia Cup against host Bangladesh. READ: Kohli, Dhoni, Yuvraj and Dhawan trying to photobomb.

Amir returned to play cricket after he was cleared by the ICC last year. He made his comeback with the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), where his success led to the calls for his inclusion to the national team. Though few of his team-mates were against giving second chance to the young bowler, Amir eventually made his international comeback with the New Zealand tour.

Both Kohli and Amir go back a long way, as their paths crossed during the Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia in 2008. Though the arch rivals did not meet in the tournament which India eventually won, both the players first made their mark there and soon got picked for their teams. Their paths will cross again on February 27, when India and Pakistan meet at Dhaka.