We have seen a trend of comparison of every other newly emerging Pakistani cricketer with Virat Kohli nowadays. But former Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad has put a full stop on it and termed Virat as the best in the world.

The legendary Pakistan cricketer also talked about the gap in cricketing talent between India and Pakistan. He said that the recent ICC U-19 World Cup match between India and Pakistan had highlighted the fact that Indian talent is far superior to that of Pakistan’s.

Javed Miandad | AFP

“Winning and losing is part of the game but when I watched the semi-final I could see the gap between the two teams in terms of game sense, professionalism and system,” Miandad said.

“One main reason for that is Virat Kohli. He is, without doubt, the best today. He has the technique and temperament and approach to get runs anywhere. We are not producing players of his caliber for a number of reasons,” he added.

Miandad said that Pakistan used to produce top players but the non-professional attitude of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is costing them in the current era.

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“They don’t seem to understand the importance of U-19 cricket or domestic cricket. Their main focus is the PSL. But even for the PSL to become better and greater, we need to first salvage our cricket system,” he said.

He said substandard pitches and absence of any long-term plan or incentive to produce batsmen of caliber had hit Pakistan cricket hard.

“We won the Champions Trophy out of nowhere. It was a great performance and it injected life into cricket in Pakistan. But we manage to do this only because of our raw talent.

“Just imagine if that talent is groomed through a proper selection system and in a strong cricket system what we can achieve,” he said.

Miandad targetted PCB and said they aren’t controlling their expenses. He added that the cricket board pays a number of employees who literally do nothing.

“To make matters worse present cricketers, I don’t think are spending enough time individually on sharpening their skills. Fitness is very important but so is working on one’s skill level,” he said.

“Kohli has improved over the years and one can see he works hard individually on his game.”


By Sihyeu Prakash Singh