Ahead of the much-awaited battle between India vs Pakistan, India skipper Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar feels that he will continue his impressive record against Pakistan.
“Virat from the beginning has a habit of accepting such challenges as he enjoys it. Pakistan hasn’t even got him out in T20 World Cup. He will continue his form and will be more relaxed and determined. As he has left captaincy and will be eager to win World Cup for India,” Rajkumar Sharma told ANI.
India captain has scored unbeaten 169 runs in 3 innings against Pakistan in T20 World Cup.
1st encounter– Virat Kohli guided India to a comprehensive victory in his first match against Pakistan on September 30, 2012. He smashed unbeaten 78 off just 61 balls at a strike rate of 127.86. It comprised a couple of sixes and eight boundaries. He won the Player of the Match award.
Result: India beat Pakistan by 8 wickets
2nd encounter– Virat Kohli smashed an unbeaten 36 as India chased down a below-par total against Pakistan. He played at a strike rate of 112.5 on Match 21, 2014 and guided India to another win.
Result: India beat Pakistan by 7 wickets
3rd encounter– In his last match against Pakistan in T20 World Cup on March 19, 2016, Virat Kohli had smashed an unbeaten 55 at a strike rate of 148.64 comprising seven fours and a six.
Result: India beat Pakistan by 6 wickets
- Virat Kohli is heading into the T20 WC with 400+ runs under his belt in IPL 2021.
- He is expected to end his more than 2.5+ years old century jinx in the T20 World Cup.
- Kohli needs 15 boundaries to complete 300 fours, smash 10 sixes to reach 100 sixes tally.
- The 32-year-old is in search of his first ICC trophy as skipper across all formats.
- Kohli has smashed 254 runs in T20Is against Pakistan at an average of 84.
Rajkumar said India doesn’t need to be complacent or over-confident because Pakistan is a team that can surprise anyone.
“The match between India and Pakistan is always exciting, as there are many nerves included. India has always defeated Pakistan in World Cup and I hope the same result comes tomorrow,” Rajkumar added.
“Even if you look team-wise, India is a lot better team if compared to Pakistan. But India doesn’t need to be complacent or over-confident because Pakistan is such a team that can surprise anyone,” he further stated.
The Sunday evening will see the Dubai International Stadium house one of the most historic and mouth-watering fixtures in cricketing history as team India lock horns with arch-nemesis Pakistan in the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup.