In the 17th match of the ODI World Cup 2023, India and Bangladesh will compete at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on October 19. India enters the match with a flawless three-win record, whereas Bangladesh has secured victory in one out of three matches.
This will mark the fifth encounter between these two teams in the ODI World Cup, with India emerging victorious in three of the previous four meetings. Virat Kohli is expected to play a crucial role for India against Bangladesh, and his performance in Pune holds significant importance. Kohli’s ODI World Cup debut century was against Bangladesh in Mirpur in 2011, where he scored 100 runs in 83 balls, featuring eight fours and two sixes.
Furthermore, Kohli has an impressive track record in Pune across all formats. In 12 innings at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, he has accumulated 762 runs with an outstanding average of 69.27, the highest among all batsmen with a minimum of five innings at the venue. Additionally, he holds the record for the most centuries (three) scored by any batsman at this venue.
Virat Kohli to play a crucial role for India against Bangladesh
In his encounters with fast bowlers in Pune, Kohli has managed to secure 389 runs in 10 innings, maintaining a solid average of 55.57 despite being dismissed six times. Kohli’s performance against pace bowlers in Pune has been commendable. Over 11 innings, he has been dismissed on only four occasions, accumulating a remarkable 373 runs with an outstanding average of 93.25 and a strike rate of 81.79.
The Pune pitch is typically known for being flat, with some assistance for fast bowlers, making it a favourable environment for Kohli’s batting style. His adeptness in handling spin bowling also serves as a significant advantage in Pune. To succeed against Bangladesh, Kohli will need to exhibit patience and discipline in his approach to amass substantial runs.