Indian captain Virat Kohli has been in superb form over the last 2 years. He scored over 2800 international runs in 2017, including 3 double hundreds in test matches and 6 ODI hundreds. The 29-year-old has managed win plaudits for his performances not only from his fans, but even from cricket pundits from all across the world.
However, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur believes that even though Kohli has been so prolific wherever he has batted, he will find it hard to score a century in Pakistan. Speaking about Kohli’s performance and his consistency over the past few years, Arthur said, as reported by India Today,
“Kohli is a fantastic player but our team will make it hard (for him) to score a century there (Pakistan). It has been a great pleasure to watch Kohli scoring against all teams and it is always enjoyable to watch his batting. However, our bowlers will not make it easy for him to score there.”
India and Pakistan haven’t had the best of relationship for quite some years now and the result of that has been a total end to cricketing ties between the two nations. There hasn’t been a bilateral series between the two nations since 2007-2008. Pakistan however, did tour India for a short limited-over series back in 2012-2013.
Over the past 5-6 years, India and Pakistan have only met at International Cricket Council (ICC) and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) organised tournaments. The last meeting the two was the Champions Trophy Final in June 2017.
Amongst the current players in the Indian test team, only Parthiv Patel has ever played a test match against Pakistan.Virat Kohli himself is yet to play a test match against the arch-rivals, however, his record in the shorter formats is pretty impressive. He has faced Pakistan a total of 12 times in ODI cricket and has scored 459 runs at an average of 45.90 including 2 hundred and one fifty.
In the shortest format of the game, Virat Kohli has come up against Pakistan a total of 6 times, where he has scored 254 runs at an impressive average of 84.66.
Amongst the active players right now, only MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Gautam Gambhir and Dinesh Karthik have played a test match against Pakistan. However, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur remains hopeful that someday India can travel to Pakistan and the two teams can take part in a full-fledged tour.
With his century in the 1st ODI against South Africa, Virat Kohli became only the second captain to score a century in test and ODIs against South Africa in South Africa on the same tour. The RCB captain was also the highest run-scorer in the test series and the only batsman to cross the triple figure mark. He is currently the leading run-scorer in the ODI series thanks to his unbeaten 46 in the 2nd ODI.