They call this the 'Mother of all rivalries'. The die-hard cricket fans from the sub-continent are gearing up for yet another mouth-watering blockbuster clash between the arch-rivals India and Pakistan as the two teams will lock horns against each other in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday. This will be the seventh World Cup meeting of both sides. The Men In Blue will look to maintain their supremacy over their neighbours with another victory and thereby, continue their unbeaten run in the quadrennial event while Pakistan will be hoping to register their maiden World Cup win over India.
Ahead of this high-octane blockbuster clash between India and Pakistan, Virat Kohli had a lot of admiration for veteran Pakistani player Shoaib Malik and respect for ace fast bowler Mohammad Amir.
When asked about Shoaib Malik's last World Cup after which he will be stepping down from International Cricket, here's what he had to say.
"He has achieved so much for Pakistan. He has been playing for a long time. I have played a lot with him, had a lot of chat with him. He's friendly as well as a fun-loving person."
Kohli also said that Malik's cricket has revived since the last few years before hailing him as one of Pakistan's best performing cricketers. The Indian skipper then wished Malik a bright future by saying that may he get the happiness in life just like what he has achieved on the cricket field.
At the same time, Kohli is also aware about Mohammad Amir's ability with the new ball. After all, the young pacer had run through India's top order in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final which had tilted the momentum in Pakistan's favour.
While asked about the kind of impact that Amir can make with the ball, Kohli gave an honest opinion by saying that he neither intends to create any TRP or any kind of exciting news.
"Whichever bowler I have to face, I only see the white or the red ball and you need to respect the skillset of a bowler. You should also need to be wary of the strengths of the impact bowlers in world cricket. At the same time, you should also have faith in your abilities that you can go out there and score runs against any bowler."
Kohli also added that just an individual performance will not win you the game as all the players have to contribute in order to attain success. The batting maestro said that he does not involve in any contest against anyone and nor does he try to compete with anyone.