Srinagar, July 26: Virat Kohli is the name today that doesn’t need further definition as the star batsman has made his name all over the World with his antics.
Today Team India skipper is without any doubt the best batsman out there and a future legend. But there was a time when he was establishing his name amoung the stars of Cricket and was hottest property around. At the same time there was one pacer who troubled him so much that, he got out thrice out of three innings scoring only total of 13 runs. That pacer was Pakistan bowler Junaid Khan.
Recalling that series Junaid Khan looked back at the ODI series between India and Pakistan in late 2012, where he troubled Virat Kohli.
Junaid bowled 24 balls to Kohli, allowing the batsman to score just three runs off him. Kohli managed to score just 13 runs in the series, scoring a duck in Chennai, followed by six and seven in Kolkata and Delhi as Pakistan beat India 2-1.
“The first ball I bowled to him was a wide but the next ball when I beat him, I thought ‘well, he’s just a normal batsman’. Virat jokingly told me ahead of the series that these are Indian pitches and that balls won’t move much here. I said ‘we’ll see, because I have plenty of momentum with me as well,” Junaid said on the Cricingif show on YouTube.
Junaid, who was a regular in Pakistan’s Test team back then, was eager to give his best shot against India in order to cement a place in the ODI side, and the will to make it to the limited-overs squad spurred the left-arm quick to bowl with full steam. He ended the series with eight wickets, including 4/43 and 3/39 in the first two ODIs respectively.