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'As Popular As Mr. Bachchan and SRK': Ex-Pak Skipper Speaks About Kohli's Popularity In Pakistan
Virat Kohli popularity is beyond words in PAK (X)

Virat Kohli popularity is beyond words in PAK (AP)

The T20 World Cup 2024 is all ready to witness the biggest battle of all, as India will lockhorns with Pakistan in the much-awaited cricket's 'El-Classico' scheduled to take place at Nassau County Stadium in New York on June 9, 2024. 

Ahead of this highly-anticipated clash, former Pakistan Cricketer heaped praises on Virat Kohli and even compared his popularity Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. 

Rashid Latif Heaps Praises On Virat Kohli 

Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has heaped high praise on Virat Kohli, noting that the Indian batting superstar has a significant fan base in Pakistan. The dynamic batter is widely regarded as one of the finest modern-era batters, excelling in all three formats of the game. 

"Virat’s popularity in Pakistan is on par with Dilip sahab, Mr. Bachchan and Shah Rukh. Like in India, you guys loved our bowlers – Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shoaib Akhtar became household names. Here in Pakistan, we adored Gavaskar sahab, Tendulkar, then Dhoni and now Kohli – they are all icons. Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag too have a good fan following in Pakistan. But all said and done, the mad-craze over Virat is another level,” Latif added.

Latif asserted that Kohli has achieved a level of fame in India and Pakistan comparable to that of cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni. He further claimed that the obsession with Kohli in Pakistan is unparalleled, he stated that he commands the same respect as icons like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, and Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan.

 Virat Kohli's Record Vs Pakistan

Virat Kohli will once again take the centre stage as India and Pakistan will play against each other in the T20 World Cup 2024 on Sunday, June 9. The star batter has performed and with time and again brought his best against Pakistan. 

He has played 10 T20I matches against Pakistan and scored 488 runs at an average of 81.33 and a strike rate of 123.85. He has five T20I fifties to his name against Pakistan.

The 35-year-old, has been in commendable form and has walked into the tournament, on the back of a 700-plus season runs in the IPL 2024. 

In the T20 World Cups, Virat Kohli has a whopping average of 308. He has scored 308 runs in five matches and also picked a wicket. Pakistan have managed to dismiss him only once in the T20 World Cup.