Shahbaz Nadeem, the India left-arm spinner, who made his international debut against South Africa earlier this month, lauded Virat Kohli as the best captain in the game at the moment.
Nadeem made his Test debut in the third and final Test in Ranchi, which India won by an innings and 202 runs, and returned 2/22 and 2/18 in each innings. Despite that, he missed out on selection for the Tests against Bangladesh, with Kuldeep Yadav regaining fitness, but was full of praise for the way Kohli went about captaincy.
“Virat (Kohli) is an amazing captain. I must say he is the best captain in the world. He leads by example. He is a born leader. Not just on the field, (but) also keeps the dressing room atmosphere alive. He helps every bowler on the field. With his aggression and batting prowess, he has taken Indian cricket to another level. This Indian team is the best in the world,” Nadeem said.
“When Virat was given the winners’ trophy, he, along with all the team members, asked me to hold the trophy. I want to thank him for showing confidence in me,” Nadeem revealed.
“I am happy that I took four wickets in the match. I have played a lot of domestic matches and have a lot of experience. I want to use all of that experience in my international career. I am happy with my debut. Both of us (Kohli and I) were discussing wickets and different situations during the match. Our plans worked really well against South Africa,” he said.
Nadeem was also full of praise for Rohit Sharma. The Mumbai batsman was a roaring success in his first series as India’s Test opener as he scored 529 runs in four innings, including a double-century.
“Rohit has always been a great batsman. If you see his record, especially in the last five years, it shows how classy a player he is. He knows how to answer his critics with his bat. We all know his record in limited-overs cricket. When he got the chance in Tests, he made every moment count. He is phenomenal,” Nadeem added.