Someone to spread love: Shoaib Akhtar reacts to viral photo of PSL fan hoping for Virat Kohli hundred in Pakistan

A Pakistani cricket fan attending a Pakistan Super League match at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium held up a banner wishing Virat Kohli’s next hundred in Pakistan. The fan’s photo went viral on social media.

Photo of Virat Kohli’s fan from Lahore went viral on social media (Photo courtesy of Shoaib Akhtar Twitter)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli has not scored an international hundred since November 2019
  • Kohli has not played a competitive senior game in Pakistan
  • The photo of the Kohli fan in Lahore went viral on social media

Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar praised the gesture of a Pakistani cricket fan wishing for a Virat Kohli hundred, in Pakistan too. Taking to social media, Akhtar shared the viral photo of the fan holding a banner during a Pakistan Super League match at Lahore’s Gadaffi Stadium.

“Someone spreading love at Gaddafi Stadium,” Akhtar wrote, sharing the photo of the fan winning hearts on both sides of the border.

The photo of the Lahore cricket fan holding a banner of Virat Kohli in the Indian blue jersey that read ‘I want to see your century in Pakistan’ was shared widely on social media. The PSL broadcasters also recorded the man standing with the banner.

Kohli has not had an opportunity to play competitive cricket at senior level in Pakistan as India and its Asian neighbors have not played bilateral cricket since 2012–13.

Remarkably, Kohli has not scored a hundred points in international cricket since November 2019. The former India captain, who has 70 hundred, has endured a mediocre spell, particularly in Test cricket. However, in the recently concluded T20I series against the West Indies, Kohli showed signs of returning to form, scoring a Match-winning Fifty in the 2nd T20I.

Kohli, it seemed, was trying to break away from his accumulator role and take a more aggressive approach as he pursued the West Indies’ bowling attack from the start, despite losing partners on and off.

“I was happy that I went out today with a clear intention and didn’t think so much about whether or not to try my shots and it worked out. It’s a nice way to start this inning for myself,” Kohli said of his match. Winner tapping on Friday in Calcutta.

Kohli was rested for the 3rd T20I and will not take part in India’s upcoming 3-game T20I series which begins on February 24 against a visiting Sri Lankan. However, the former captain will return to the build-up for the 2-match Test series against the Islanders, which begins on March 4. Incidentally, it will also be Kohli’s 100th match in the game’s longest format.

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