“I’m a straight shooter; I say what I feel. I can’t compare them both but I think, Virat Kohli will go places and he will break so many records. Can he break Sachin’s record? I doubt it. He has far too many records. He’s getting there but there’s still time,” Akram told former India opener Aakash Chopra on his YouTube show ‘AakashVani’.
“He (Virat) is a modern great. Compared to Sachin, two different players altogether,” said Akram who has had many memorable duels with the Little Master and has watched Kohli grow as a batsman from close.
“He’s (Kohli) very aggressive, as a person, as a batsman — positive aggression. Sachin was calm and yet aggressive; different body language. So as a bowler you read that as well,” Akram said.
“Sachin knew that if I would try and sledge him, he would get even more determined. This is my take and I might be wrong. If I am to sledge Kohli, he will lose his temper. So, when a batsman gets angry, perhaps he will attack you and that is when you have the maximum chances of getting him out,” he opined.