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Shakib: I like Kohli’s fighting spirit

  • Published at 03:00 pm August 28th, 2021
Virat Kohli and Shakib al Hasan

Shakib showered praise on the Indian skipper and said there is a lot to learn from him

Ace Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan said India captain Virat Kohli is one batsman whose celebration he liked.

Shakib during an interview with Sportskeeda Friday showered praise on the Indian skipper and said there is a lot to learn from him.

Shakib also praised the trust that Kohli keeps with his team and the aggressive attitude with which the latter excels.

“Virat shows fighting spirit and attitude on the ground, his attitude reflects never-say-die spirit, which I like. He never gives up until a game is over,” said Shakib during the interview.

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Shakib during the interaction with an India-based sports website also spoke of cricketing idols that he looked up to for inspiration.

The left-arm all-rounder said former Indian captain Rahul Dravid was one of the cricketers he followed.

“'I used to follow Dravid's batting alongside Saeed Anwar's. As for bowling, it was Harbhajan Singh and Saqlain Mushtaq," said Shakib, who further went on to speak on what he liked about India as a country.

“I prefer Indian food and culture as they are very similar to Bangladeshi food and culture. It feels like home in Kolkata due to the same language and same culture, never felt away from home in Kolkata,” said the former Bangladesh skipper.

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Shakib is currently preparing with the Bangladesh team for the five-match T20I series against New Zealand, set to begin Wednesday behind closed doors at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

Following the home series, Shakib will travel to the United Arab Emirates for the second leg of the Indian Premier League T20.

Shakib’s team Kolkata Knight Riders will resume their campaign against Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore on September 20.