Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI

India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir heaped praise on Virat Kohli, naming the Indian skipper as the best batsman in the world. You have to give your best against him. Praising Amir's bowling style, Virat said:"In the recent times, Mohammad Amir of Pakistan".

Now, Amir has admired Kohli for his "great gesture" and declared that he had to be at his best when bowling to the Indian right-hander.

Despite the political tension between India and Pakistan that has resulted in bilateral cricket ties being suspended between the two Asian nations, cricketers from both sides have remained good friends off the pitch and the respect that Amir and Kohli share for each other has been a fine instance of the same. "It's unfair to target him just because he's the son of a famous father", an MCA official had told TOI recently, while justifying Arjun's inclusion in the Mumbai Colts team. "If you give him a chance he takes away the game, like he did in the Dhaka Asia Cup (2016) game (T20)", Amir was quoted as saying by "Wisden India".

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MS Dhoni reminded us of the six he hit in the final of ICC World Cup 2011 at Wankhede during the practice session ahead of India vs New Zealand 1st ODI at the same venue. Yet again, the best finisher of world cricket smashed a net bowler into the orbit to show one and all who the real boss of hitting sixes is.

Without a doubt, India have the best opening combination in ODIs among all the teams in the world, thanks to the presence of three of the most consistent batsmen going around at the moment. "The way he presented me with the bat in Kolkatta is an ever green memory for me", he added. I actually congratulated him while he was bowling. "Outstanding! Very good bowler!"

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