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Virat Kohli’s transformation from ‘brat’ to top batsman commendable, says Shoaib Akhtar

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New Delhi: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has praised India skipper Virat Kohli for transforming his personality.

Akhtar said Kohli was a ‘brat’ like him in his first few years in international cricket but then got his act together to be the leading batsmen of modern times.

“Virat Kohli has reached a whole new level, but who is behind the Kohli brand? In 2010, 2011, Kohli was nowhere to be seen. He was part of the circle; he was a brat like me. All of a sudden, the system supported him. The management went around him. He also realised that there’s a lot of reputation at stake,” Akhtar said on a YouTube Show Cricket Baaz.

Akhtar also said Sachin Tendulkar played in a much more difficult era than Kohli.

“It’s not his fault that he’s playing in an era of easy cricket, or if Sachin played in a tougher era or Wasim, Waqar and Inzamam have player a much more competitive brand of cricket. So if he’s scoring runs, what we can say about it?” Akhtar said.

Akhtar also acknowledged that Indian batsmen, particularly Kohli and Rohit Sharma, are much better than current Pakistan batsmen.

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