While Virat Kohli was given a break for the Super 4 matches between India and Bangladesh, he didn’t waste any time before joining his teammates on the field, despite not having to play.
India made a strong start in their last Super 4 match against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup and, after a good bowling performance in Colombo, sent their opening batsmen back to the pavilion early. The team management had given a break to several key players for this match, including Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, and the premier fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. However, this didn’t pose any hindrance to India’s start as Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur combined to dismiss both Bangladeshi openers.
While Shami got Litton Das out for a duck, Shardul Thakur bowled out Tamim Iqbal for just 13 runs. Tamim attempted a daring pull shot on a short delivery from Shardul, but the ball found its way to the leg stump. As soon as the stump was disturbed, the Indian players calmly celebrated while Virat Kohli, who wasn’t part of the XI, sprinted onto the field with a drink in hand as the players celebrated the wicket.
Before the game, some of the preferred players were rested, and the Indian team management chose to hand a debut cap to Tilak Varma, who had made an impression in the West Indies T20Is last month. Suryakumar Yadav, who had struggled in the ODI matches this year, got a chance in the final Super 4 game, while Shardul returned in place of Kuldeep.
Fans applauded Kohli’s gesture, appreciating his commitment to the team even when he wasn’t playing.
Virat Kohli enjoying his time the most. (Rohit Juglan).
What a character! pic.twitter.com/uh8gTqFIw3
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 15, 2023
India to Face Sri Lanka in the Final
The Asia Cup’s top two most successful teams will compete in the tournament’s final on September 17 (Sunday) after Sri Lanka secured a thrilling win against Pakistan in the knockout match affected by rain on Thursday. Sri Lanka won on the last ball of the match, as it was reduced to a 45-over contest first and then further shortened to 42 overs due to rain.
While Sri Lanka disappointed fans by knocking India and Pakistan out of the tournament in the third-round matches, both teams will look to renew their rivalry in the ODI World Cup as they meet on October 14 in Ahmedabad.