Virat Kohli has dominated most of the modern day bowlers, but there is always a debate in the cricketing circles that some of the bowlers of the past might have troubled Kohli if they had been playing in the current era and had the opportunity to bowl to Kohli.
Here are the 5 bowlers we would have loved to see bowl against Kohli –
#1 Glenn McGrath:
Glenn McGrath was someone who could keep bowling at one spot for a long period of time.
Since Kohli can be a little susceptible outside the off stump early on in his innings, McGrath could have induced a false stroke off the Indian captain by consistently bowling him the 4th or 5th stump line.
#2 Shoaib Akhtar:
Shoaib Akhtar, because of his pace, had the capability to rattle any batsman in the world and he might have troubled Kohli as well.
It’s not that the bowlers are not bowling fast in today’s era. There are a lot of quick bowlers around, but they mostly bowl in high 140s or stretch it to 150 KPH at times.
Shoaib, on the other hand, used to bowl in high 150s and occasionally used to stretch it to 160 KPH. He had that extra yard of pace that the modern-day bowlers are lacking.
#3 Curtly Ambrose:
Curtly Ambrose would probably have also posed a few challenges to Kohli as he used to extract extra bounce from a length that not many bowlers usually do.
Ambrose had got quite a bit of pace as well. So while bounce was the major factor, he also used to rush the batsman with his pace. You had to be a very, very good back-foot player to handle Ambrose efficiently.
#4 Shane Warne:
Shane Warne was someone who had the quality to not only beat the batsman in the air, but also off the surface. He had a wonderful leg spinning delivery, but he had an equally good flipper as well. You couldn’t just line Warne up as a batsman.
Warne would have definitely tried to work Kohli over with all his variations.
#5 Wasim Akram:
Wasim Akram was one of the best exponents of reverse swing in the 90s. Since he was fairly quick and incredibly accurate with the fuller length, most of the batsmen just couldn’t play him with the old ball. The batsmen had no idea which direction the old ball was going to swing.
It would have been very interesting to watch Kohli face Akram with the old ball.