Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif said that senior batter Virat Kohli will be very dangerous against the arch-rivals Pakistan. The clash between the two sides in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 will be played in Pallekele on Saturday, September 2. They will also meet in the ODI World Cup on October 14 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad as well. Kohli was the star performer when India and Pakistan met last year during the T20 World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) where India were chasing a target of 160 and he scored a superb 82* off 53 balls and India clinched a last-ball thriller by four wickets as well.
While discussing the iconic match, Kaif told Star Sports, “Kohli’s performance in Australia at the T20 World Cup, against Pakistan, he played magnificently. And he is a brilliant batsman when it comes to playing against Pakistan. He takes full responsibility and is a chase master. The form that he had in that World Cup was because of his performances in the Asia Cup (2022), starting from that century he hit against Afghanistan.”
The veteran further stated that since Virat Kohli faced a lot of bowling from Pakistan in the last T20 World Cup match, he would have a lot of idea of what to expect as well. Notably, before the 2022 T20 World Cup, India lost to Pakistan by 10 wickets during the 2021 edition of the competition in the UAE as well.
“The fact that he has played the Pakistani bowlers in their last match at the T20 World Cup, he will know how every Pakistani bowler bowls, whether it is Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, or Haris Rauf,” the former India player concluded. “Virat Kohli will be very dangerous against Pakistan.”