India vs Pakistan: Why Shahid Afridi & Co is scared of Virat Kohli ahead of Asia Cup 2016 duel

Pakistan bowlers will have plenty to think about when it comes to countering the Men in Blues' batting.

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2016, 16:57 PM IST
India vs Pakistan: Why Shahid Afridi & Co is scared of Virat Kohli ahead of Asia Cup 2016 duel

New Delhi: India and Pakistan will renew their famed rivalry on Saturday in the Asia Cup 2016.

While MS Dhoni's men got their campaign off to a winning start with a win over Bangladesh, Shahid Afridi's team will feature for the first time in the tournament in Shere Bangla National Stadium.

Like most Indo-Pak contests, this too is being billed as a battle between India's batting prowess and Pakistan's bowling pedigree.

Pakistan bowlers will have plenty to think about when it comes to countering the Men in Blues' batting.

One man in particular will be discussed and debated at length by Afridi and his boys, with precise plans chalked out to dismiss him as soon as possible.

Like VVS Laxman loved batting against the Aussies, India's limited-overs vice-captain Virat Kohli enjoys the big occasion of playing the Pakistanis.

When the last time the two sides faced each other, Kohli scored a marvelous ton at Adelaide in the ICC World Cup.

In the four T20Is against Pakistan, the right-hander has registered scores of 78*, 9, 27 and 36*, while in the 10 ODIs, the Delhi lad has managed to score 2 centuries against them.

His 78* is also the highest by any batsman from either teams in India-Pakistan matches.

Kohli also boasts of a phenomenal record in the Asia Cup. The 28-year-old has scored the highest individual score (183) in the tournament. The 4th and 28th positions also belong to him.

Though Kohli failed to impress against Bangladesh in the opener, nothing would please him and Indian fans more than him playing yet another match-winning knock against Pakistan.