Virat Kohli, the star batter for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, hit his eighth IPL century yesterday. Former Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir had some things to say about it. To top it all off, he managed to sneak in a dig at Pakistan’s skipper, Babar Azam.
Of note is the fact that this is not the first time Amir has publicly lauded Kohli for doing something monumental. Amir has always been a rabid admirer of the former Indian captain, whether he was expecting the former player’s 71st international century or celebrating the player’s achievement last year.
Mohammad Amir directs a ‘sly dig’ against Babar Azam after Virat Kohli scored his 8th IPL century
He also used the phrase “Real King” in this tweet to end the ongoing discussion between Kohli and Azam about who has the best batting skills. Amir may have been taking a sly dig at those who say Babar Azam is a better batter than Kohli when he praised Kohli for hitting his 82nd century (75 international plus 7 in IPL) by using the words “Real King” in his praise.
When Amir referred to Kohli as a “true champion” and “inspiration” again, he drew the ire of Pakistani supporters in the thread’s comments. Constant rumours circulated about how poorly Amir and Babar get along with one another in the speculative market.
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The same was reportedly shown by Amir throughout this year’s ninth season of the Pakistan Super League. In the lead-up to a game against Babar’s Peshawar Zalmi, Amir said that he doesn’t treat bowling to Babar any differently than he would a tail-ender.
Then, during the Karachi Kings’ season opener against Peshawar, he displayed extreme aggressiveness, especially against the Pakistan captain. Because of his senior status as a cricket player, fans and former teammates had low expectations for his behavior.