Dubai: One of the most popular India’s cricketer Virat Kohli has faced a lot of media scrutiny in recent times, but when India needed him the most – he came good.
On sunday against Pakistan in Dubai, Kohli came in to bat after Rohit Sharma perished for a golden duck.
Kohli saved the day as he scored 57 off 49 balls to help India post 151 for seven. During his 49-ball stay, Kohli became the 1st batter to score 500 runs against Pakistan in ICC limited-overs tournaments. Heading into the match, Kohli needed 20 runs to reach the mark.
Virat Kohli most runs against Pakistan in ICC tournaments
Virat Kohli – 500 and counting in 11 matches
Rohit Sharma – 328 in 10 matches
Sachin Tendulkar – 321 in 6 matches
Shakib Al Hasan – 284 in 6 matches
Ross Taylor – 274 in 7 matches
Vivian Richards – 253 in 5 matches
Shane Watson – 250 in 8 matches
The India captain averages over 100 against Pakistan in ICC tournaments and has a hundred and 4 fifties to show for.
Kohli’s runs did not come at a flying tempo, but he did just what was needed after India was pegged back in the powerplay by Shaheen Afridi’s double strike. Kohli’s knock was laced with five boundaries and a six. He was eventually dismissed as a slower bouncer from Afridi. Kohli edged it and was out.