Indian batsman Virat Kohli gifted comeback Pakistani left arm pacer Mohammad Amir one of his bats Friday. The Indian batsman handed over the bat to Amir during a pre match practice session at the Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata. The 23 year old pacer has had to face stiff resistance from many quarters including his own teammates after serving a prison term and a five year ban for spot fixing in a Test match against England at Lord s in 2010.
Virat Kohli said:
“He is a very skillful bowler and I wish him all the best. He has worked hard to come this far and it takes a lot of courage.”
Kohli, a firebrand batsman known to wear his heart on the sleeves, appeared cheerful Friday while having an animated chat with Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi.
Shahid Afridi said:
“We have always enjoyed playing in India and have been loved by Indian crowds more than crowds back home in Pakistan.”
The camaraderie on display is likely to take a back seat though when the two sides face off in what is the most eagerly awaited clash of the tournament. India need to win this game after their shock loss against New Zealand while Pakistan are keen to shrug off their World Cup against their arch rivals. Pakistan have never won a World Cup encounter in six 50-over meetings and four ICC world T20 clashes with India.
Shahid Afridi and Virat Kohli Shared some light moments during today’s practice session ! pic.twitter.com/9moCPqHtCc
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