Home SportsCricket “You can see it on the replay, but you’re gone, Virat Kohli”: After the fall of Shahin’s wicket in IND vs PAK, a prominent Pakistani cricketer lashed out at Kohli.

“You can see it on the replay, but you’re gone, Virat Kohli”: After the fall of Shahin’s wicket in IND vs PAK, a prominent Pakistani cricketer lashed out at Kohli.

by khushahal vishwakarma
Virat Kohli

In India’s first match of the Asia Cup against Pakistan, after losing to Shahin Shah Afridi, a stalwart of Pakistan, Virat Kohli faced a severe backlash.

Virat Kohli failed to make a successful start in the opening match of the Asia Cup 2023 against Pakistan on Saturday. The experienced batsman was dismissed after scoring just four runs off seven deliveries, struggling to cope with Pakistan’s aggressive fast bowling.

Due to rain, the match had a delayed start in the fifth over. India had a poor start after the match resumed, with captain Rohit Sharma losing his wicket on the last ball of the fifth over. Shahin Shah Afridi managed to deceive Rohit’s defense as the ball hit the off-stump. When India was struggling at 15/1 in five overs, Rohit appeared to be frustrated as he walked back to the pavilion.

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After Rohit’s departure, Kohli came in with high hopes resting on his shoulders. The former batsman showed signs of unease facing Nasim Shah in the first over and managed to hit a boundary during that period. The fast bowler conceded five runs in that over, giving away a total of 11 runs.

However, in the seventh over of the innings, Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam sent in his pace leader Shahin. On the first ball, Shahin got a run off Shubman Gill’s delivery, followed by dot balls against Kohli. But on the very next delivery, Shahin outsmarted Kohli with a sensational delivery. The 23-year-old bowled a short-length delivery just outside the off-stump. Kohli attempted to punch it off-side but ended up hitting it onto his own stumps! It was a familiar story where Shahin dismantled India’s top order, and India was struggling at 27/1.

Kohli’s reaction made it clear that he was out, as he looked utterly disappointed and walked back. The impact of getting out was such that Pakistan’s veteran commentator Waqar Younis also berated Kohli, saying, “You can see it on the replay, but you’re gone, Virat.”

For their opening match in the Asia Cup, India fielded two spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma also went with three fast bowlers, including Jasprit Bumrah, who recently returned to T20Is in Ireland. During this period, after an extended absence due to injury, Shreyas Iyer returned, and Shardul Thakur replaced Mohammed Shami.

Speaking about his team’s goals in the tournament, which also serves as a preparation program for the upcoming ICC One-Day World Cup, Rohit said after the toss, “It’s about playing good cricket, accepting the challenge, accepting the situation. We had some time after the West Indies series. Everyone was prepared for these practices and challenges in Bangalore. Let’s see what we can achieve in this tournament. It’s a quality tournament with quality opposition. At the end of the day, we’ll see what we can achieve as a team.”

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