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Indian Premier League 2016: I will be worried if I had to bowl at Virat Kohli, says Wasim Akram

New Delhi: Wasim Akram, legendary Pakistani bowler, has said that he would be worried if he had to bowl to Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Virat Kohli.

Speaking to India Today, the King of Swing said that it was difficult bowling to Kohli, who had all proper cricketing shots in his repertoire.

"Belief, his ability and on top of that his technique. We haven't seen him play the reverse shot or the lap shot, he always plays proper cricketing shots with the full face of the bat. That's why he has been very consistent and as a bowler if I had to bowl at him, I will be worried. It's like in ODI cricket when Sachin Tendulkar opened the innings, it was very difficult to bowl at him because Sachin as a batsman and Kohli as a batsman will hardly give you a chance to get them out," Akram said.

Lauding Kohli's fitness, the 49-year-old said that he is very strong as a result of which he has hit so many sixes in IPL 2016.

"Kohli has scored 36 sixes in this IPL ... they are lot of sixes. In my cricketing career, I have 50 plus sixes and those days sixes were rare. So, you can imagine he is powerful, he is strong and he can hit the ball miles outside the stadium. He has been a treat to watch," he added.

Kohli has had a terrific run in the ninth edition of IPL, where he has hit 919 runs, including four centuries.

RCB are already into the finals of the tournament and are seeking to win their maiden title.

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