In India’s first match of the Asia Cup 2023 against Pakistan, after losing to Shaheen Shah Afridi, a stalwart of Pakistan, gave Virat Kohli a good scolding.
Virat Kohli, on Saturday, struggled to score big in the match against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023 at Pallakelle, as he got out after making just four runs off the experienced bowler Shahin Afridi’s delivery. After Rohit Sharma’s wicket fell, Kohli came to bat and hit a boundary off Shaheen’s delivery before getting out. Kohli tried to push the ball off-side with an open blade, but it went a bit low and he got caught before he could adjust.
Due to rain delaying the match at the start of the fifth over, India’s start was poor after the match resumed. Rohit’s wicket fell on the last ball of the fifth over. On receiving a length ball from Shaheen, Rohit failed to connect as it went past his defenses and disturbed the off-stump. Rohit appeared visibly disappointed as he returned to the pavilion with India’s score at 15/1 after five overs.
After Rohit’s departure, Kohli came in with high hopes resting on his shoulders. The former Indian captain hit a boundary in his cover against Nasim Shah. However, in the seventh over of the innings, Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam brought Shaheen back for a second spell. He bowled a dot ball against Kohli after conceding a run on the first ball. But then, on the third ball, Shaheen dismissed Kohli with a sensational delivery, trapping him lbw. Kohli was left in disbelief as he walked back. The impact of his dismissal was so profound that Pakistan’s veteran Waqar Younis also scolded Kohli during on-air commentary, saying, “You can see this in the replay, but you’re gone, Virat.”
For their opening match of the Asia Cup, India fielded two spinners on the field in the form of Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja. Meanwhile, Rohit went in with three fast bowlers, including Jasprit Bumrah, who recently made a comeback in T20Is against Ireland. During this, Shreyas Iyer returned after a long injury layoff, and Shardul Thakur replaced Mohammad Shami.
Talking about his team’s objectives in the tournament, which also serves as a preparation program for the upcoming One-Day World Cup, Rohit said after the toss, “We want to play good cricket; you have to accept challenges, you have to accept the situation. We had some time off after the West Indies series. Everyone was preparing in Bangalore for those practices and challenges. 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 have to see what we can achieve as a team.”