Lahore, July 27
Left-arm Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan has heaped reward on India skipper Virat Kohli and referred to him as the perfect batsman on the planet throughout codecs.
Junaid additionally spoke about Kohli’s consistency. Junaid places Kohli a bit forward of his contemporaries particularly England Test captain Joe Root, Australia’s talisman Steve Smith, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and Pakistan white-ball captain Babar Azam.
“No doubt (Virat) Kohli is the best batsman in all three formats. If you ask anyone, they would say that players like Babar Azam, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith are the currently the best in the world but on top of the list is Kohli because he has been outstanding in all three formats,” Junaid stated in a video uploaded on Cricingif YouTube channel.
The Pakistani speedster additionally spoke concerning the time he acquired the higher of Kohli thrice in a single collection. In 2012, Pakistan beat India 2-1 in an ODI collection in India and Junaid scalped the wicket of Kohli thrice within the collection.
“Before that tour, I was playing domestic cricket in Faisalabad. I had bowled around 35-40 overs in each match so I had developed momentum heading into the series,” Junaid stated.
“I was making a comeback in the ODIs and when we were going to India, I knew that this is my only chance to make a comeback into the team. I was permanent in the Test team but had to come back to ODIs. Secondly, I knew if I would perform well in India, I would need to take wickets,” he added.
Junaid additionally recalled his dialog with Kohli previous to the collection when the latter joked with him relating to the pitch circumstances in India.
“The first ball I bowled to him was a wide but the next ball when I beat him, I thought ‘he’s a normal batsman’. Then I got some momentum,” Junaid stated.
“Virat jokingly said to me ahead of the series that these are Indian pitches and that balls won’t swing or seam here. I said ‘we will see because I have plenty of momentum with me as well’.”
He has performed a complete of 22 Tests, 76 ODIs and 9 T20Is during which he has scalped 71, 110 and 9 wickets, respectively. IANS