Pakistan cricket coach Mickey Arthur throws a challenge at Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is currently in fantastic form across all formats. He has been nicknamed unstoppable and it indeed fits him perfect keeping in mind the track record he holds in the year 2017. However, head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, Mickey Arthur’s remark on India captain Virat Kohli's batting has agitated a new debate in the cricketing circles. Arthur believes the 29-year-old will find it difficult to score runs against Pakistan, especially on their home soil.
"Kohli is a fantastic player but our team will make it hard (for him) to score a century there (Pakistan). It has been a great pleasure to watch Kohli scoring against all teams and it is always enjoyable to watch his batting. However, our bowlers will not make it easy for him to score there," Arthur said.
However, if we compare the statistics it can be clearly seen that Kohli has been a constant performer both in India and even in the overseas games. The recent achievements in South Africa are proof enough that pitch conditions and fast bowlers are not enough to stop this boy from Delhi. Moreover, Pakistan lies in the Indian subcontinent and it is a general belief that the men in blue play better cricket in the subcontinent region than overseas.
The last century against South Africa marked Kohli’s 33rd ODI ton as he became the third player to score centuries in nine full member countries. While Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya missed it at West Indies and Zimbabwe, Kohli has managed to score in both the locations. Witnessing Kohli’s current form, it can be said confidently that given a chance, Kohli is quite capable of scoring a century on Pakistani soil and that the only reason he hasn’t is the fact that the two countries have never had a bilateral tournament post 2006 and meet only at group tournaments.
Last month, Kohli was capped cricketer of the year by the ICC and is just the fourth Indian to win the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. Under Kohli’s leadership, India emerged as the world's best Test side in 2017 with an unbroken series winning streak at home. Well, it seems Mark Arthur has no one but his players to prove his point now.