‘I told Virat – you are not feeling well today’, Pak bowler narrated 11 year old story

Junaid Khan vs Virat Kohli: Pakistan’s fast bowler Junaid Khan has shared an 11-year-old anecdote related to his tour to India. In this story he has told about his rivalry with Virat Kohli. While talking on a podcast, he said that he had warned Virat Kohli just before the Delhi ODI in January 2013. Junaid also told that later he did what he had warned Virat about.

On Nadir Shah Podcast, Junaid said, ‘I have batted many people but the one people remember is of Virat Kohli. Virat and I have played against each other in the Under-19 World Cup. We know each other. That was my comeback series (2012-13). I was playing against India for the first time. I dismissed Kohli in the first match. Then he said that this would not happen again. After this, I dismissed him in the second and third matches also. At the breakfast table before the third ODI, I had told him that Viru, you are not feeling well today. Then Yunus Khan was also there. He told me to put it out again today. So did happen. I sent Virat to the pavilion. Younus Bhai took the catch of Virat.

Pak team came on India tour in 2012
Junaid was talking about the tour when Pakistan team came to India in December 2012 to play a series of two T20 and three ODI matches. This was the last time the Pakistan team toured India for a bilateral series. Here the T20 series was tied 1-1 but Pakistan had captured the ODI series. Pakistan team had won 2-1 in the three-match ODI series. In these three ODIs, Junaid Khan had sent Virat Kohli to the pavilion.

Junaid’s amazing record against Virat
How dominant Junaid Khan has been against Virat Kohli, the world’s greatest batsman at present, can be gauged from the mere fact that the two faced each other in five ODI matches. Here Junaid bowled 24 balls in front of Virat and sent him to the pavilion thrice while giving only three runs. The last time both the players faced each other was in the year 2017.

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