Kohli predicts competitive enounter against Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Indian vice-captain Virat Kohli has opined that Saturday’s World T20 match against Pakistan would be a competitive encounter as has always been the case against the arch rivals.

But he added in comments on a website that He would take this match just as he would treat any other match in the global tournament of the shortest format of the game. World T20 starts in India on March 8. To a question, he lauded Mohammad Aamir for making a successful comeback to international cricket after the Pakistani pacer was banned in 2010 for a role in the spot-fixing scam.

“I wish him all the best. He has worked hard to make a comeback and it takes courage to do what he did,” Kohli was quoted as saying by Indian website dnaindia.com on Wednesday. Aamir, 23, returned to play for Pakistan and did well in series against New Zealand.

He will now be seen in action at the Asia Cup T20. Pakistan open their campaign against India on Saturday. Kohli enjoys a good record against Pakistan.

In four T20 matches, he has scored 150 runs including one fifty, at an average of 75. He also has 373 runs (including two hundreds) from 10 innings in ODIs. He believed that Aamir could have been amongst the top three bowlers, had he been playing during the past five years.

“I have always believed that he (Aamir) is a world class bowler and had he been around for the five years that he was banned, he would have certainly been a top three bowlers in the world.

He has a lot of talent, has got pace, bounce a very good yorker,” he said.