Virat Kohli was praised by Wasim Akram earlier © Getty Images
Virat Kohli was praised by Wasim Akram earlier © Getty Images

With Mohammad Aamer set to play for England tour, the left-arm pacer is expected to comeback for Test arena at same venue where he played his last – Lords. The 24-year-old has been in great form right since his comeback early this year and has been working extensively ahead of the England series. Aamer not only spoke about his preparation for the series he also praised his opponent and India Test skipper Virat Kohli claiming to be the best batsman. He also mentioned how he enjoyed bowling to him and recollected his memories with the Indian batsman during Asia Cup T20 2016. ALSO READ: Mohammad Aamer advised by PCB to obey team management

While speaking to Times of India, Aamer said, “Kohli certainly is the best (batsman) in the world, and is having a great run at the moment. The Asia Cup encounter is a case in point. The wicket wasn’t the easiest to bat on, and India were in a spot of bother when Kohli walked in. He was able to negotiate those tough times and come out unscathed. That’s the hallmark of big players like Kohli. They dig in deep, weather out those rough passages of play and ensure they take their side home.”

He spoke about his preparation and said, “We had a boot camp at the Kakul Military Academy in Abbottabad where we worked on our fitness and endurance levels and it helped us be in the best possible shape for the tour. We had a chance to interact with soldiers of the Pakistan Army and it was a great experience.” Apart from working physically, he also focusing mentally on the game, “It is important to be in the best frame of mind in order to deliver on the field. Thankfully, I have a strong team which is backing me and our board too has been supportive.”

When Aamer came back after his five-year ban at Auckland against New Zealand, he was booed by many during the match. It got worse when he was bowling and in the middle of the over, the cash noise erupted at Wellington. Although, Aamer seems to be experiencing a similar situation at England as well in the opening Test at Lords on July 14. He further added, “I have said this before too – my job is to go out there and bowl the best I can. That’s what I have been doing since the time I came back (in January this year), and that’s what I will continue to do.” Aamer also spoke about his new coach Mickey Arthur with whom he has played for Pakistan Super League. ALSO READ: Virat Kohli better than Sachin Tendulkar in critical moments, says Imran Khan

Aamer mentioned, “I had an opportunity to work with him during the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) since he coached the side I played for – Karachi Kings. He is an experienced coach who has worked with international sides such as South Africa and Australia before, and I am sure he will be able to get the best out of our team too.”

With former Pakistan cricketers already being negative about national side performance, Aamer is confident they can show a positive approach and make a comeback, “We are a good side and England wouldn’t take us lightly. I believe this Pakistan team has the ability to deliver,” he said.