Virat Kohli’s 33rd ton in the first match of the six match bilateral one day international series against South Africa meant he has now scored centuries in all the nine countries he toured, the only missing is, therefore, arch rival Pakistan against whom India had not played a bilateral series since 2007-2008.
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur, hailed the batting precious of the nearest neighbor’s and with that, also said it whatever Kohli did so far, it would not be that easy for him to score a century in Pakistan.
Arthur said, “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.”
Virat Kohli scored 20 off his 33rd centuries batting second, out of them 18 led India to win respective matches.
Despite being inked schedules in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Future Tour Program (FTP), never ending political turmoil between the two countries prevented them from engaging in a bilateral cricket series.
Pakistan is in gradual progression of having cricket played in their soil amidst the dereliction of international cricket since the attack in Sri Lankan team bus in 2009, but they are still suffering from draught in cricket pitches.
Therefore, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur ushered hopes one last time saying, “Hopefully, India will come to play in Pakistan.”