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Virat Kohli cannot be kept away from the limelight. Can he be? Bowlers around the world have toiled decoding Kohli’s weakness but he continues to plunder runs across formats. In fact, he is the only cricketer with a fifty-plus average in all three formats (Tests, ODIs and T20Is). Former Pakistan cricketers Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq and Shoaib Akhtar made no hesitation in showering praise on the Indian captain and lamented the shortcomings of the young Pakistan cricketers. Not only they spoke about Kohli’s diet and fitness regime but also criticised the fitness levels of several Pakistani young cricketers.

Saqlain called him the “most energetic” individual. The great off-spinner was a part of the English contingent during the India tour and recalled Kohli working out in the gym after a hard day’s play and munching on corn since he does not eat rice or rotis. Meanwhile, Akram and Saqlain both lamented the fact that unlike the Indian players their Pakistani counterparts do not seek advice from the former greats. Even when Akram was there in England during Pakistan’s tour in 2016, none of the players approached him for advice. Akram mentioned that Sunil Gavaskar is regularly approached by young players for advice on batting and even as a youngster; he himself took advice from the likes of Richard Hadlee, Malcolm Marshall, Kapil Dev and others.

“Kohli was terribly out of form in the England tour [2014]. When he came back, he immediately went to Sachin Tendulkar to sort out his technique against playing deliveries outside off-stump,” recalled Saqlain. ALSO READ: Marks out of 10 for India against England in ODIs

Shoaib too was upset about the fact that despite the Pakistani youngsters getting a chance to interact with Kohli, they do not make use of the opportunity to get insights from the best batter in the world.

“I asked Kohli why don’t you advice our youngsters on batting. Kohli said when they meet me, they talk about everything apart from cricket,” Shoaib said.