Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

During a recent television show, former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik had pointed out why Team India’s star batsman Virat Kohli struggles against spin. However, Shoaib had to face the wrath of Kohli’s legion of fans, who subjected him to endless trolling and roasting.

“If we look at Babar Azam and Virat Kohli both, we can discern that their discomfort when facing off-spinners is the position of their feet. Specifically, when the front leg of a right-handed batsman moves in a crosswise direction, off-spinners pose a significant challenge. Both Babar and Virat face this issue,” Malik had said.

Responding to Malik’s opinion, a fan even wrote, “Shoaib Malik, thank you for teaching Virat Kohli how to bat; now please teach acting to Amitabh Bachchan as well.”

Malik recently broke his silence on the matter.

“There is and hasn’t been a single batter in the world who doesn’t have a weakness, even if he scored 1 lakh runs. You guys didn’t get my point. All I said was that any batter, whose feet moves across, faces troubles facing spin. If you want examples, there are so many greats; you can ask anyone,” said Malik.

“When your feet go across while facing the spinner, the moment the ball comes in, he/she will not find it easy. I didn’t say that he doesn’t know how to play. I said that he gets a little uncomfortable. That’s all. Had you seen the entire show, you would have known that I always praise him. He is one of the greats,” he added.