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Virat Kohli faces Pakistani bowlers at Sydney nets ahead of 4th Test

Two Pakistani bowlers Salman Irshad and Haris Rauf were seen bowling in the nets to Team India skipper Virat Kohli on the eve of the Sydney Test

02-Jan-2019

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Salman Irshad and Haris Rauf both play for Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League
  • The Pakistani bowlers were seen bowling in the nets to Team India skipper Virat Kohli
  • Kohli's relationship with Pakistani cricketers has always been one of mutual respect

 

Virat Kohli is training with two Pakistani bowlers in Australia to gear up for the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground starting January 3. Kohli finished 2018 as the highest scorer in ODIs and Tests but he has left no stone unturned to do well in Australia.

Kohli has so far scored 259 runs including a fluent 123 on a difficult pitch in Perth in the second Test. Last year, he scored 11 international hundreds and he will be eager to repeat his form this year.

Virat Kohli has the chance to become the only India captain to win a Test series in Australia. Indian teams have toured Australia since 1947 but have never won a Test series in the country.

In recent years, India had failed to win a single Test in Australia. Back in 2011-12, India were whitewashed 0-4 while in 2014, India put up a far better show aided by Virat Kohli's four hundreds.

Kohli is known for his methodical preparation on every tour. Even as the team has been criticised for lack of practice in South Africa and England, Kohli's teammates have picked up a leaf from the captain's book. And also Cheteshwar Pujara's - the Saurashtra batsman is the highest scorer in the series so far with 328 runs and two hundreds.

Kohli was pictured with two Pakistani bowlers - Salman Irshad and Haris Rauf. The two ply their trade in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and have been training in Australia for the past few months.

Having impressed for Lahore Qalandars, the pair of got a chance to play in Australian club cricket for Hawkesbury. They were seen bowling to Kohli at the nets and even clicked pictures with the Indian captain.

Kohli, who has 459 runs from 12 ODIs against Pakistan, has never played a Test against India's arch-rivals.

However, Kohli is well resected in the Pakistani cricket team and the respect is mutual. Back in the 2016 Asia Cup, after a sterling knock against Pakistan's fearsome pace attack, Virat Kohli had praised Mohammad Amir for his sensational spell.

When asked about the bowler who Kohli thinks is the best in the world, the Indian captian had previously named Mohammad Amir of Pakistan.

"He is in the top two or three bowlers in the world and one of the toughest bowlers I have played in my career. You have to be on your A game when you're facing him or he will strike. Outstanding! Very good bowler!," Kohli had said.

Later during the World T20, Kohli had also gifted Amir his bat during the ICC World Twenty20 2016.

 

By India Today Web Desk

https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket/story/virat-kohli-india-vs-australia-salman-irshad-haris-rauf-pakistani-bowlers-1421765-2019-01-02

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