The T20 World Cup 2022’s Super 12 encounter between India and Pakistan featured one of the most heated matches between the two fierce rivals. In the end, India overcame Pakistan by four wickets off the last delivery after chasing down the 160-run target in a gripping drama that captivated the crowd right up to the final ball. Although India won the mental match after a see-saw battle between the two teams, Pakistan learned a lot from the experience.

Shoaib Akhtar was all over the Pakistani team on his YouTube channel. The former Pakistani quick praised Pakistan’s heroes, including pacers Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah, who early on rocked India and reduced them to 31/4, as well as Iftikhar Ahmed and Shan Masood, whose half-centuries stabilized the innings after they had cheaply lost openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.

Pakistan has done well. Stay upbeat; you all did great. India played well and prevailed in one of the greatest games in history. It covered a whole World Cup match. A dropped catch, a run-out, a no-ball, a debate, a stumping, etc. were all present. Akhtar said on his YouTube channel. The World Cup just recently started; it won’t be considered properly underway until India and Pakistan play each other. Pakistan will play India once again in this World Cup.

Akhtar gave special praise to Virat Kohli, the evening’s star performer, for his magnificent 82 not out off 53 balls. The Player of the Match and many others hailed Kohli’s innings as his best T20 effort. Akhtar referred to it as his “biggest” performance to date. Even in his darkest hours, Akhtar was never shy in expressing his support for the former India captain.

“When you’re low, self-confidence has to be revived. When confidence is consolidated, the character gets channeled. And Virat Kohli is a manifestation of the same,” Akhtar said. “Jab Irade toot-te hai toh yakeen bahar aata hai aur jab yakeen pukhta ho jata hai toh character bahar aata hai.”

Mein khyal me, sabse badi innings wo khel gaye. Wo kar jayega wo isliye khel gaye kyunki, wo unko yakin tha ( He played the biggest innings of his life). He could play the knock because he had the self-assurance and passion to do it, according to Akhtar.

The ex-Pakistani then provided a unique viewpoint on Kohli’s T20I career in relation to the legendary Indian batter. He has made a strong comeback. I want him to stop playing T20I cricket because I don’t want him to devote all of his time to it. If he keeps up his level of commitment from today, he can score three centuries in one-day internationals. Akhtar commented Kohli.