Jaffer predicts Kohli’s ODI future

Former India opening batsman Wasim Jaffer who is closely following Indian cricket in the thick of things has predicted India skipper Virat Kohli’s future in ODIs.

Jaffer predicts Kohli's ODI future
Kohli raises his bat as he scored his 42nd ODI century.

According to Jaffer, Kohli will have much more exciting times ahead as he thinks that the run-machine packs a punch to score as many as 75-80 One-Day International (ODI) centuries in his cricketing career.

Wasim Jaffer, who played 31 Tests for India, tweeted that normalcy had restored after Virat Kohli scored his 42nd hundred in the second ODI match of the three-match series against the West Indies in Port of Spain on Sunday.

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The former batsman who doesn’t shy away from giving his opinion took to micro-blogging site Twitter and wrote his prediction.

“Normal services resume after a break of 11 innings!! i.e. another international for Virat Kohli. My prediction is he will get 75-80 ODI,” Jaffer tweeted.

90’s kids know how valiant and productive Wasim Jaffer was in his prime. He had opened India’s batting with players like Virender Sehwag and Dinesh Karthik and in fact, considered as one of the successful Test openers for India.

In his 31-match Test career, he scored 2 double centuries, 5 tons and 11 fifties for India. Jaffer has by far scored 1,944 runs in the longest format of the game, averaging 34.11.

Virat Kohli was named the man of the match for his stellar 120 off 125 balls where he scored 14 fours and 4 sixes. In the match, he also went past Sourav Ganguly’s tally of 11,363 runs and became India’s second-leading run-scorers in ODIs. Kohli is only behind Sachin Tendulkar now.

Currently, Kohli has scored 11,406 runs at an average of 59.91 in 238 ODI matches and takes the eighth spot in the list of cricketers with most runs in ODIs. The list is topped by legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar who has scored 18,426 runs in 463 matches.

The first match in Guyana was abandoned due to rain and the second match ended in favour of India with a 59-run (DLS method victory) as the visitors took a 1-0 lead. The third and final ODI of the three-match series is on Wednesday at Queen’s Park Oval.

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