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Misbah-ul-Haq Warns Pakistan Of Virat Kohli Threat Ahead Of T20 World Cup Clash
By CricShots - Jun 1, 2024 4:47 pm
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India and Pakistan are set to renew their storied rivalry on June 9 in a Group A match of the 2024 T20 World Cup. This highly anticipated clash will take place in New York, adding a new chapter to their intense cricketing history. The last time these two teams met in a T20 World Cup match, it resulted in an unforgettable game, highlighted by Virat Kohli’s spectacular innings.

Virat Kohli
The chase master – Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 82 off 53 balls helped India recover from a precarious 31/4 and chase down a target of 160 on the final delivery against Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has emphasized the critical role Kohli will play in the upcoming match. He pointed out that Kohli is the biggest challenge for Babar Azam and his team. Misbah highlighted Kohli’s ability to handle pressure in high-stakes matches, marking him as a significant threat to Pakistan’s chances.

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“Subse badi rukawat Virat Kohli honge (The biggest hurdle will be Virat Kohli),” Misbah ul Haq stated on Star Sports. “It doesn’t matter if there’s Yashasvi Jaiswal with a good strike-rate or other talented players. Kohli is the one who has consistently managed such pressure situations. These are the players you have to strategize against first. The biggest danger to Pakistan has always been Virat Kohli. The pressure of an India-Pakistan match is unique, especially in a knockout scenario. That’s where you need experienced players, and that’s his job.”

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Misbah-ul-Haq

Misbah ul haq also noted the importance of containing Jasprit Bumrah, who has the potential to make a significant impact early in the game.

“It’s crucial how they handle Jasprit Bumrah because he can deliver the initial blow,” Misbah said. “In terms of batting, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are key. Young players may be skillful, but in an India-Pakistan match, the seasoned match-winners make the difference because they know how to handle the pressure.”

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As India and Pakistan gear up for this monumental encounter, the spotlight will be on these experienced players who have the ability to change the course of the game.