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Mohammad Amir rates Virat Kohli above Steve Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson

Mohammad Amir on Tuesday said Virat Kohli was the best batsman in the world ahead of Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root.

Written by: Subhasish Dutta, New Delhi [Published on:18 Jul 2017, 1:05 PM IST]
A file image of Virat Kohli and Mohammad Amir.
A file image of Virat Kohli and Mohammad Amir.Photo:GETTY IMAGES

The bonhomie between Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir and India captain Virat Kohli is well documented. Both are fierce competitors on the cricket field and always look to dominate each other but they also have plenty of mutual respect and admiration. Amir and Kohli have been involved in some exciting encounters in the past and while the Indian captain has dominated on most occasions, the left-arm pacer had the last laugh when India and Pakistan met in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final. Amir dismissed Kohli for 5 as India went on to lose the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan by 180 runs. 

However, Kohli and Amir go back a long way. When Amir made a return to international cricket after serving a five-year spot-fixing ban, Kohli said: "I am very happy to see Amir back in action. He understood his mistake and has corrected himself and came back. He has always been an outstanding bowler, a world-class bowler." Kohli also gifted Amir one of his willows during the World T20 2016.

Continuing the friendship forward, Amir on Tuesday rated Kohli as the best batsman in the world. Amir was having a chat session on Twitter where he was asked by a fan to name his best batsman.

Amir also picked Kohli ahead of Australia's Steve Smith, England's Joe Root and New Zealand's Kane Williamson.

The Pakistan pacer also revealed that he equally relished dismissing Sachin Tendulkar in his first-ever Champions Trophy appearance in 2009 and removing Kohli in his last.

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