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Arthur throws down the gauntlet to Kohli

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Virat Kohli Virat Kohli. File photo: PTI

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur's remark that India captain Virat Kohli will find it tough to score runs against his side has come as a surprise to the cricket fans. Kohli has been simply superb with the bat across the formats this season. However, South African Arthur believes Kohli will have his task cut out against the Pakistan bowling attack.

"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.

Last week, Kohli scored his 33rd One-Day International (ODI) century against South Africa. Kohli has now registered a century in all the nine countries (full-members) he has played in. Though Kohli has not played in Pakistan, his record against the neighbors is hugely impressive. The stylish right-hander has 459 runs from 12 ODIs against the arch-rivals at an average of 45.9. This includes two hundreds and as many man-of-the-match awards.

The 29-year-old has tallied 254 runs from six T20Is against Pakistan at a stunning average of 84.66 and a strike rate of 118.69. Kohli has also been adjudged man of the match thrice in these T20 clashes.

Since India no longer plays bilateral series against Pakistan owning to government policy, the fans as well as Kohli will have to wait to prove Arthur wrong.

Last month, Kohli was named ICC cricketer of the year. He became the fourth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (2010), Rahul Dravid (2004) and teammate R. Ashwin (2016) to win the coveted Garfield Sobers Trophy.

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