Run machine Virat Kohli was at his boldest as Rohit Sharma-led Team India kicked off their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan on Sunday at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Kohli brought Pakistan’s world-class bowling attack to the cleaners in the high-voltage clash of the 2022 T20 World Cup, Kohli broke his 34th half-century record to stage India’s memorable kickback in the final thriller at Melbourne’s MCG.
Kohli secured India’s stunning four-wicket win over Pakistan to earn praise from the entire cricket fraternity. From legendary cricketer Wasim Akram to fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, several household names in Pakistani cricket also praised the former Indian captain’s decisiveness. Pakistani wicketkeeper batter Kamran Akmal, who was raving about ‘King Kohli’ on his official YouTube channel, finally made a remarkable statement about the dejected Pakistani side.
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“If there had been another batter in his place, the game wouldn’t have gotten this far. Honestly, if this was our (Pakistani) at bat, we would have lost him by 30-40 runs. not to I think all our young lads (in Pakistan) who play in U15 and U19 camps should be shown Virat Kohli’s whole innings they get coaching by watching his innings and how he finished the game, said Akmal.
Asked to chase a challenging total of 159 in their World Cup opener, Kohli starrer Team India took a famous win on the final ball of the captivating encounter in the MCG. Kohli played an 82-off 53-ball undefeated knockout to seal India’s four-wicket victory over Babar-led Pakistan. The Rohit-led side’s talisman batter was also named Player of the Match for his masterclass batting.
“The kind of shots he played against Haris Rauf and Mohammad Nawaz in the last over. Only a batter of his size can play something like that in today’s cricket. Like Kohli hitting Rauf for a six, no one can do that.” , the Pakistani cricketer added.
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