Pakistan quick Mohammed Amir opines that the Indian cricket team is largely reliant on its skipper Virat Kohli, who makes the team’s wins appear like a one-man show.
The admiration between Kohli and Amir is mutual and both of them have often been vocal about it. Amir feels that the opposition can consider the job half done if they manage to get Kohli’s wicket early on.
"Everybody knows if you get Kohli, India is 50% out of the game,"
"Until he is at the crease, India's chances of winning are 70-80%. If you look at his chasing ratio, he is at the top of the world."
Amir had taken Kohli’s wicket in the final of the Champions Trophy 2017 which Pakistan won by 180 runs, but recalled that when Azhar Ali dropped Kohli off the third ball of the third over, he thought Pakistan’s chances of winning the game were almost over.
“When Kohli was dropped, I thought half the game was gone to be honest. Because he is the kind of batsman if you give him a chance, he won’t score less than hundred. Ninety-percent of the time, you give him a chance, he gets a hundred. Recently against New Zealand, they dropped him on 15 or 20 and he scored a hundred."
"He doesn’t give you a second chance."
The speedster is hopeful that India and Pakistan resume bilateral ties as it will help the BCCI and PCB financially and also help the players mould themselves for high-pressure encounters.
"In India-Pakistan games, your star value increases, on both sides, and cricket benefits, cricket boards benefit," he said. "And your [ability to handle] pressure levels become very strong."
India and Pakistan play each other only in multinational events as of now.