Virat Kohli is the first Asian captain to win a Test in South Africa, England and Australia in the same calendar year (Reuters Photo) HIGHLIGHTS Imran spoke highly of Kohli with few of his Pakistan teammates during his oath-taking ceremony last year Imran received a lot of praise on social media for wishing Team India after their Australia series win India became the first Asian side to beat Australia in a Test series Down Under Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is a busy man with the responsibility of a nation on his shoulders but he still remains a cricketer at heart, as was evident with his tweet congratulating the Indian team on its maiden Test series victory in Australia.
Imran, one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket, had tweeted after India beat Australia 2-1 in the Border-Gavaskar series following the drawn Sydney Test and received a lot of praise on social media for his warm gesture.
"Congratulations to Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team for the first ever win by a subcontinent team in a test series in Australia," Imran wrote in the post.
His fans and followers in both Pakistan and India appreciated Imran's message as he took the time out to wish Virat Kohli and his team despite his busy schedule.
Imran specifically mentioned Kohli's name in his tweet and it was later revealed by his former teammate Ramiz Raja, that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf founder is also a big fan of the India skipper and even compared him with Sachin Tendulkar while he had a chat with few of his former Pakistan teammates during his oath-taking ceremony in August last year.
"We were invited over for his oath-taking ceremony. Obviously, it was a kind of cricket meeting with 10-12 of us. One of the first few things he said was comparing Virat Kohli to Sachin Tendulkar. That was quite interesting.
"Obviously, it meant he follows the game, follows the players, and he has held Kohli in high regard for his approach to the game and how he has featured so strongly for India. He is a batsman who gets the runs when India need them the most.
"That's what has impressed Imran about Kohli. The other important point is that he is a sportsman at heart. He thinks like a common man, he is not a typical politician. He is seen in Pakistan more as a reformist and in that tweet, a sportsman was speaking," Raja told Mumbai Mirror.
Raja himself lauded the Indian team's performance in the four-match Test series and admitted that the whole cricketing fraternity, including everyone in Pakistan, is very happy with this achievement.
"Having been there, I found it extremely tough to beat Australia; this is an excellent win. Kohli is right in mentioning that it is the greatest achievement in cricketing terms. We are all very happy for what India has achieved. They richly deserved it too. They were the better side, it was a one-horse race," he said.
India became the first Asian side to beat Australia in a Test series Down Under which is why Raja feels this win will motivate other teams from the sub-continent when they tour Australia.
"India's win has opened the doors for the subcontinent sides who will now feel a little bit confident going there. It was a good time to be there because they did not bat that great. Whether they had the strength or not, it is a great achievement," Raja added.
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