Iqbal, who represented Pakistan in 26 Tests and 18 ODIs, feels that Shah’s “genuine pace and swing” would get the better of Kohli, earmarking him for success in a potential battle against the No.1-ranked ODI batsman in the world.
With due respect to Virat as a great batsman I am sure our upcoming superstar fast bowler @iNaseemShah with genuine pace 🔥 and swing virat will be his bunny anytime! Looking forward to the future 🏏battle! 👍🏻😉 #RespectForBoth 🤗 https://t.co/WrIdpybNQe
— Faisal Iqbal🇵🇰🏏فیصل اقبال (@FaisalIqbalCric) June 1, 2020
Shah, who debuted as a 16-year-old in Australia late last year, earned plaudits for his raw, bustling speed in the four Tests he’s played so far, picking up a five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka and a four-wicket-haul, that included a hat-trick, against Bangladesh.
Recently, Naseem Shah was quoted as saying by PakPassion.net that he’s looking forward to facing Kohli in international cricket, a batsman he “respects” but “does not fear”. He added that bowling to the best is always a challenging ask, but it also brings the best out of the bowler.
India and Pakistan haven’t faced off against each other in a Test since December 2007, the only format Naseem has so far played for Pakistan.