Pakistan will be ready for Virat Kohli in 2019 World Cup: Wahab Riaz

first_imgAn India vs Pakistan cricket match is quite possibly the biggest game in the world of sports and the stakes are even higher when it comes to the two teams facing each other in a World Cup.Cricket fans will get to witness an India-Pakistan game once again during the 50-over World Cup next year in England and people have already started talking about the clash, which will take place on March 16 in Manchester.Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz, who was one of the stars for the team during the 2015 World Cup, spoke about the mega-event and what all Pakistan needs to do to register its first win against the neighbours in a World Cup and how they can stop run-machine Virat Kohli.”Pakistan will have a plan against Virat for sure, but if they play against India in the World Cup then they would not only plan against Virat but they will have to think about the whole team (Pakistan will play India at the World Cup – on June 16). It’s not just about Kohli in the Indian team,” Riaz told India Today.’Pakistan can do well in England next year’ Pakistan won the Champions Trophy in 2017, beating India in a one-sided final (Reuters Photo)Riaz is also confident that Pakistan can replicate their 2017 Champions Trophy-winning performance in the ICC World Cup next year.”We can definitely repeat the 2017 Champions Trophy winning-performance in the World Cup next year. For that we have to put in a lot of hard work. We have to play our best game. ODI cricket is more of a momentum game. We have a good side and we can do really good in England,” Riaz added.advertisement’Kohli is one of the best going around’Riaz, who is currently plying his trade for the Northern Warriors in the ongoing T10 League in the UAE, also picked his favourite batsman in world cricket right now.”The Indian team has very good batsmen and Virat Kohli is no doubt one of the best going around right now. Steve Smith is also another very good batsman.”It’s always difficult to bowl to a batsman who plays all around the ground because they are not one-dimensional. So it’s not easy to bowl to any of those batsmen,” Riaz said.Riaz last played an ODI for Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final against India last year and at 33, has fallen out of the selectors’ radar in limited-overs cricket.But the Lahore-born cricketer is still a lethal force in world cricket thanks to the raw pace that he possesses and is still working hard in the hopes of making a comeback in the Pakistan one-day side before.”(Selection) That is not in my hand. What I can only do is perform and play to the best of my abilities wherever I get a chance. And that is what I’m doing. You can see my performance all around the world wherever I am playing. As a player I have to put that question to the selectors all the time,” Riaz stated.T10 League: Riaz talks up the experience of playing for newly-crowned championsRiaz also spoke about his experience of playing in T10 League for the Zee5 Northern Warriors and how it is different from the official shortest form of the game, Twenty20 cricket. Riaz also spoke highly of coach Robin Singh and team captain Darren Sammy.”T10 is a shorter game so it’s more like bowling in the last 10 overs of a T20 match. The coach has been really good, he’s been very calm and composed. Talks to the point and tells us where we are going wrong.”Darren Sammy is a good leader, I have played against him in PSL (Pakistan Super League) as well and he has captained West Indies who are two-time (T20) champions. He has a lot of experience and he knows how to lead from the front,” Riaz concluded.Also Read | Will Australia sledge Virat Kohli? Josh Hazlewood and Tim Paine weigh inAlso Read | Scaredy Bats: Australian public bash Aussie media for insulting Team IndiaAlso Read | Fast and furious: Adelaide curator promises green pitch for 1st India-Australia TestAlso See:last_img read more