Vikram Rathour, the batting coach, shared a heartfelt embrace with Virat Kohli after the star batter surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most ODI centuries with his impressive knock of 117.
Ravichandran Ashwin kissed Mohammed Shami’s hand, and Yuzvendra Chahal visited the dressing room to congratulate players. Emotions ran high as India secured a spot in the 2023 World Cup final with a hard-fought victory over New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium.
Head coach Rahul Dravid expressed joy, seen smiling and embracing Kuldeep Yadav and Shubman Gill in a video posted by BCCI.
Kohli and Sharma’s dressing room moment reveals Indian team emotions
Vikram Rathour, the batting coach, shared a heartfelt hug with Virat Kohli, marking a special moment as Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most ODI centuries with a splendid 117-run innings.
Shami, who dismantled the Kiwis’ batting lineup, shared a touching moment with Ashwin. Ashwin shook hands and kissed Shami’s hand, expressing appreciation for Shami’s 7-wicket haul in the semifinals.
Bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, thrilled by the victory, burst into laughter upon hearing Shami’s response, “jawab deke aya hu mai.” You can watch the video here:
Shami autographed some bats, and then Chahal met the players, warmly greeting Virat, Bumrah, and Kishan. Kohli had a chat with his former Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate.
In the game, India chose to bat, posting 397/4 in 50 overs. Captain Rohit Sharma (47 in 29 balls, with four boundaries and four sixes) and Shubman Gill (80 in 66 balls, with eight fours and three sixes) provided a strong start with a 71-run opening partnership.
New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell formed a partnership to bring the Kiwis back into contention. However, Shami’s impressive seven-wicket haul left the Blackcaps struggling, and India secured a 70-run win.
The team India will face in the final is pending, awaiting the outcome of the second semi-final between South Africa and Australia at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.