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Pakistan left-arm seamer Junaid Khan is confident that he will dismiss India captain Virat Kohli when the two sides meet at the Champions Trophy on June 4.
Kohli is arguably the best batsman in the world right now, but Junaid believes that he has the 28-year-old’s number.
“I have dismissed him in three out of the four matches we have faced each other,” he told The Express Tribune. “He is a brilliant batsman but he has failed against me.
“I bowled Kohli in India in front of his fans so it won’t be a problem in England.”
Even though it has been four years since he last played against Kohli, Junaid still feels that he has a psychological advantage over the Indian skipper.
“When I face him, I will consider him the same Kohli,” Junaid added. “I may be wrong but I think he will also think of me as the same Junaid that has taken his wicket before, which might make him go on the defensive a bit more and therefore lose his wicket.”
Given his record against Kohli, it seems as if Junaid’s arrogance may be justified as he has bowled 22 deliveries to the Indian star, which has resulted in just two runs being conceded and three wickets being taken.
“He has been hitting sixes and fours all over the world but none of them have come against me, which is an honour for me and I will try to keep that record intact in the upcoming Champions Trophy,” the 27-year-old said.
Meanwhile, in order to prepare for the Champions Trophy, Junaid revealed that he has been working on his swing.
“I have been working on my swing, which is my speciality and my biggest weapon, since many of my seniors have told me that my swing has gotten weaker,” he said. “However, Kohli is not the only good player in their side and my focus will be on all of their batsmen. I have been watching their videos and have prepared myself to face them too.”
Junaid also feels that he has an advantage going into the competition as he knows what the conditions in England will be like due to the fact that he has played county cricket before.
“I know how these wickets behave in this weather, so I know what kind of deliveries to bowl and how to bowl them,” he added.
Junaid also heaped praise on ODI skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who will be captaining Pakistan in an International Cricket Council (ICC) event for the first time in his career.
“I have played two ODI matches under his captaincy against the West Indies and we won both matches, with me claiming three wickets,” he said. “He is a good leader and encourages the bowlers to bowl the way they want to, while also giving his own input.”