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Tuesday , January 22 , 2013
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Junaid enjoyed the duel

Karachi: After dominating Virat Kohli in the ODI series against India, Pakistan’s promising left-arm pacer Junaid Khan has said he knew that the Indian star would struggle to pick his length.

Kohli was dismissed by Junaid in all the three one-dayers.

“Before the one-day series, I remember Kohli and I came cross each other and he told me that I will be playing my shots and I will score runs off you,” Junaid said.

“Given his reputation, I was a bit apprehensive… But once I started bowling in the first ODI and everything was working right for me, I knew he would find it difficult to pick my length and I bowled him for a duck,” he told a Pakistani television channel.

“Our bantering continued in the next two matches and it was always a big boost to pick him up cheaply because he is a class batsman,” Junaid said.

Junaid said he enjoyed it when people talked about how Kohli had become his bunny. “I knew that a series against India can either make you zero or a hero and I wanted to make an impact. Before going to India, I had realised that without getting the ball to come in, I would struggle against top batsmen.

“I worked hard on my length and moving the ball both ways with my coaches… Also, tips from Wasim Akram proved valuable to me and the series turned out to be a success,” Junaid said.

The youngster said he had enjoyed the experience of playing in front of huge crowds in India. “I would love to play Tests against India and I think we should be playing more often against each other in a proper series.”

The pacer said that unlike other young players, he was not inclined towards playing T20 cricket. “I have got offers, but I prefer to play more county and first-class cricket because that is the only way I am going to develop as a bowler.” (PTI)