Karachi: Former Pakistan all-rounder Mushtaq Mohammad has lavished praise on India skipper Virat Kohli for his ability to shine in all three formats of the game.

­The former international who now lives in Birmingham where the ongoing first Test between England and India is being held, believes Kohli will be the most difficult to handle for a Pakistan skipper in comparison to Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar. “Gavaskar played in a different era and I am not saying Tendulkar is a lesser player. But the very fact Kohli plays all the three formats so well makes him a more difficult player to stop. I hope he wins this Test series against England,” Mohammad told the Times of India. Brother of the legendary Hanif Mohammad, the all-rounder went on to play 57 Tests and 10 ODIs for Pakistan before retiring in 1978.  Mohammad praised India’s ability to constantly produce world-class batsmen while reminiscing about the rivalry with Pakistan’s arch-rivals and neighbours.

 “We used to be such fierce competitors on the field and such good friends off it. You guys just keep producing great batsmen from Sunil Gavaskar to Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli,” he added.

With Imran Khan all set to become the next Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mohammad hoped that the former skipper could lead the country in the same way he led the cricket team. “I just hope he leads the country the way he led the Pakistan team. Cricket will probably not be on his mind. He would have bigger issues to deal with,” he remarked.