Virat Kohli has the highest average against Bangladesh amongst current Indian batsmen © Getty Images
Virat Kohli has the highest average against Bangladesh amongst current Indian batsmen © Getty Images

India take on Bangladesh in the second quarter-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Though India will undoubtedly start as favourites, Shiamak Unwalla feels the fact that Virat Kohli has a tremendous One-Day International (ODI) record against the Bangla Tigers will add another dimension to the match. Top 10 batsmen in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Virat Kohli has been in good form in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. He scored a match-winning hundred against Pakistan in India’s opening match, but has not quite been at his best since. He has got off to starts in every match, following up his ton with scores of 46, 33*, 33, 44*, and 38. Top 10 bowlers in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

However, the lack of another substantial score will be playing on his mind. In such a scenario, the fact that India’s quarter-final is against Bangladesh will likely give his confidence a boost. Kohli’s numbers against Bangladesh are phenomenal to say the least. Top 10 fielders in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Among batsmen with at least 500 ODI runs against Bangladesh, Kohli averages by far the most against them. Below is the list of batsmen with the highest ODI averages against Bangladesh with a minimum of 500 runs: Top 10 wicketkeepers in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Name

Team

Period

M

R

HS

Ave

SR

100s

50s

Virat Kohli

India

2010-2014

6

506

136

126.5

100

3

2

Salman Butt

Pakistan

2008-2008

7

577

136

96.16

94.6

2

4

Mohammad Yousuf

Pakistan

2000-2008

18

893

112*

89.3

86.4

3

5

Andrew Strauss

England

2005-2011

8

610

154

87.14

103

2

3

Inzamam-ul-Haq

Pakistan

1995-2004

16

577

77

72.12

97.6

0

7

As seen above, Kohli averages a gargantuan 126.5 in only six games, having scored three hundreds and two half-centuries. The last time India and Bangladesh met in a World Cup match, Kohli scored an unbeaten 100 in what was his World Cup debut match. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: SCHEDULE & MATCH DETAILS

Bangladesh can certainly not be written off, but given the way India has played so far a slip-up against Bangladesh at this stage does not seem likely. Given that, Kohli will love to get a big score going into the semi-final. His record against Bangladesh speaks for itself, and he will take confidence in facing an attack he has dominated thoroughly. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Complete Coverage

Bangladesh would be wary of another Kohli master-class, and will be hoping to get him out early. In Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, and Taskin Ahmed, they have a world class pace-bowling trio who will doubtless go all out against Kohli and co. An interesting contest is on the cards in the second quarter-final.

(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)