I thought he’s just a normal batsman: Junaid Khan recalls when he dismissed Virat Kohli


Mohammad Junaid Khan, a left-arm seamer from Pakistan looked back at the 2012 ODI series between India and Pakistan. Junaid Khan allowed Virat Kohli to score just 3 runs in 24 balls.

“The first ball I bowled to him was a wide but the next ball when I beat him, I thought ‘well, he’s just a normal batsman’. Virat jokingly told me ahead of the series that these are Indian pitches and that balls won’t move much here. I said ‘we’ll see, because I have plenty of momentum with me as well.” Junaid said on the Cricingif show on YouTube.

Junaid was regular in his team and wanted to give his best in ODIs. He ended the series with 8 wickets including 4/43 and 3/39 in the first two ODIs.

“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 said.

“I was making a comeback in the ODIs and when we were heading to India, I knew in my mind that this is my only chance to stage a strong comeback into the team. Secondly, I knew if I would perform well in India, I would need to take wickets.” he further added.

Kohli is one of the best batsmen in the world. His average is more than 50 in all three formats.

“No doubt Kohli is the best batsman in all three formats. If you ask anyone, they’d say that guys like Babar Azam, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith are the best batsmen of the generation, but the best of the lot is Kohli because he’s performed outstandingly in all three formats,” Junaid pointed out.

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