Virat Kohli was on a different planet when India thrashed Pakistan in their ICC T20 World Cup 2022 encounter in Australia. The former India captain single-handedly won the game for the Men in Blue with an emphatic unbeaten 82 off just 53 balls.
Kohli’s two back-to-back sixes off Haris Rauf in the 19th over were game-changing and pulled the momentum in India’s favour. Rauf, who was Pakistan’s best bowler until now, was bowling at an express pace before Virat Kohli produced two monumental hits that changed the momentum of the game.
Recalling those sixes, Haris Rauf has said that no one other than Kohli could have hit him. The right-arm pacer revealed that those sixes would have hurt him if Dinesh Karthik or Hardik Pandya hit him.
“The way he played in the World Cup, that is his class, we all know the types of shots he plays. And the way he hit those sixes, I don’t think any other player can hit a shot like that off my bowling. If Dinesh Karthik or Hardik Pandya would’ve hit those sixes, I would’ve been hurting but those came off Kohli’s bat and he is a different class altogether,” Rauf told Crickwick.
Haris Rauf Was net bowler for India in 2018. From a net bowler to become one of the most dangerous bowler in the world. Haris Rauf has achieved a lot.
Recently, Haris Spoke about Virat Kohli and that SIX : pic.twitter.com/LZvwmwRUVE
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India needed 16 runs off the final over of Mohammad Nawaz and courtesy of some extras and Virat Kohli’s magical hits, the Men in Blue chased down the target to kick off their T20 World Cup campaign on a winning note.
India crashed out of T20 World Cup from semi-finals
India didn’t have a memorable run in the tournament as India lost to South Africa in their second fixture. They did defeat Zimbabwe and the Netherlands next to make it to the semi-finals but lost to England in the semi-final by a big margin of 10 wickets.
Pakistan, on the other hand, were on the cusp of being eliminated from the Super12 stage but made it to the final, where they lost to England.