Cricket World Cup 2023: Virat Kohli's 'Brandman-Esque' Stat and Its Implications for Pakistan


Cricket World Cup 2023: Virat Kohli’s ‘Brandman-Esque’ Stat and Its Implications for Pakistan

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Virat Kohli’s supremacy against Pakistan in One Day Internationals (ODIs) has been nothing short of remarkable, particularly since 2015. As India faces Pakistan in their third ODI World Cup match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, all eyes are on Kohli and his potential impact.

Kohli boasts an impressive career average of 55 against Pakistan in ODIs, the highest among Indian players with 15+ innings. His strike rate against them in ODIs is also over 100.

Notably, Kohli has significantly enhanced his performances against Pakistan in ODIs over the last 8 years. Since 2015, his record against Pakistan has been awe-inspiring, with an average of 99 in six innings.

In the recent Asia Cup, Kohli displayed his prowess against Pakistan by scoring a century with an unbeaten 122 runs from 94 balls.

Kohli has played Pakistan in ICC events (ODIs) seven times, boasting an impressive average of 63.4. In his last four encounters in ICC events against Pakistan (ODIs), he has notched a century and two fifties.

Since 2010, Kohli’s average of 75 against Pakistan in ICC events (ODIs) is the highest by any player facing an opponent in this period with 5+ innings.

Kohli holds the distinction of being the first Indian to score a century against Pakistan in an ODI World Cup match.

In ODIs, Pakistan’s current bowlers have found it challenging to dismiss Kohli, with only Shaheen Afridi managing to get him out.

In terms of World Cup matches, Kohli recently became the top run-scorer in ICC World Cups (ODIs and T20Is).

Kohli is within reach of two milestones in ODI World Cups: 56 runs to become the 4th highest run-scorer and one more fifty-plus score to join the top-5 list of players with the most fifty-plus scores in ODI World Cups.

This year, Kohli has adopted a more aggressive batting approach with a strike rate of 105, the second-best by a batter in ODIs in the current year.


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