Virat Kohli, the top batter for Team India, is having an outstanding T20 World Cup. Kohli has scored 220 runs in four games, including three undefeated half-centuries, making him the edition’s leading scorer thus far. Many people consider the batsman’s 82-run performance against Pakistan in India’s first match to be among the finest T20I innings ever, and Kohli himself ranked it as his best in the shortest format.

But although Kohli made a miraculous recovery this year after an exceptionally lengthy tough patch, there is one Pakistani cricketer who, in the national media throughout his formative years, was compared to Kohli. However, since 2019, due to poor play, he has been dropped from the team.

Only one year after representing Pakistan in the U19 World Cup and one year before making his senior debut, Ahmed Shehzad had already shown considerable potential when he entered the world of international cricket in 2009. While his last T20I appearance was three years ago, Shehzad hasn’t played for Pakistan in a Test or an ODI since 2017. Shehzad is now 30 years old and has played in 13 Tests, 81 ODIs, and 59 ODIs so far.

Shehzad spoke during a talk on Cricket Pakistan about how Kohli’s comparisons were unfair to him and further disclosed what went in the Indian batter’s favor.

“You’re against jaati, cheez. Do matches me hi aap pata nahi kahan se kahan leke chale jaate hain, jab aap comparison karte hain. Comparisons don’t work in your favor since various people have distinct traits and varied zindagi jee rahe hain. Two matches in, you start drawing wildly contrasting analogies. We are two distinct people living two distinct lives, thus it is not conceivable,” Shehzad added.

Dhoni the unke paas, meri zindagi different scenario me hai, unki life different guzar rahi hai. His life is different. Main hamesha se kehta hu, do cheezein hoti hain jiss se aap cricket khelte ho. Ek hota hai jab har insaan aapko support kar raha ho. My life situation was different since he had Dhoni. I’ve said it before, but you have a choice between having everyone on your side or having everyone working against you,” Shehzad said.