India and Pakistan don’t share a cordial relation due to the ever-increasing tension between the two nations; however, it couldn’t stop cricketers from both the countries to have a good camaraderie and praise each other off the field.
In recent times, Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, appeared in Breakfast With Champions. During the episode, he appreciated Shoaib Akhtar and said that he is among the most lethal bowlers ever.
In his words,
“I have never faced Shoaib Akhtar. But I have seen him in a game in Dambula against Pakistan. I got out. I couldn’t face him. He looked lethal. When I saw that, I realised what it would feel like after his ball hit the batsmen on the body.”
At one fell swoop, Kohli applauded Mohammad Irfan and remembered the time when it became difficult for him to face Irfan in a match.
This statement from Kohli touched Irfan and in an emotional tweet, he wrote, “What a gentleman @imVkohli is! Great player with a great heart. Prayers for you my friend. Hope that we play more often in grounds. #Respect”
— Mohammad Irfan (@M_IrfanOfficial) November 6, 2017
Kohli also replied to Irfan’s tweet and wrote “Thanks” with an emoticon.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 6, 2017
It looks great to see that players of the two rival nations actually share a good bond and don’t hesitate in admiring one another. Keep it up!