Veteran cricketer Virat Kohli stole the show at the 2022 T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan on Sunday, October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He entertained the fans by putting up a great show with the bat. His terrific knock powered India to a four-wicket win over the arch-rivals to open the team’s account at the mega-event.
Chasing 160 runs, Team India was in a spot of bother having lost four wickets for just 31 runs on the board in just over six overs. After that, Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli steadied the Indian innings, putting on a 113 runs partnership for the fifth wicket. Pandya took on the charge initially, however, after he slowed down a bit, Kohli put his foot on the accelerator.
Team India reached 144 runs in 19 overs, on the back of Hardik-Kohli’s partnership. Needing 16 runs off the final over, India lost Hardik on the very first delivery. A couple of tight deliveries from Nawaz followed, but Kohli’s six brought India back into the game. Ashwin hit a four off the last delivery to take India home.
For his stunning match-winning knock, @imVkohli bags the Player of the Match award. 👏 👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 23, 2022
Kohli stayed unbeaten on 82 runs off 53 deliveries, slamming six boundaries and four sixes, at a strike rate of 154.72. The experts and the fans lauded the Indian cricketer’s knock. They took to Twitter to congratulate the Indian team and hail, Virat Kohli.
Let’s take a look at how fans reacted to India’s win against Pakistan:
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) October 23, 2022
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 23, 2022
What an amazing game.High on emotions, but this is
probably the most brilliant T20 Innings i have ever seen, take a bow Virat Kohli . Chak De India #IndvsPak pic.twitter.com/3TwVbYscpa
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 23, 2022
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 23, 2022
The King Rules !!!!!! @imVkohli
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) October 23, 2022
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) October 23, 2022
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) October 23, 2022
Take a bow, Virat Kohli – you are a champion. pic.twitter.com/30tgrxprvm
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 23, 2022
— James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) October 23, 2022
King of Cricket @imVkohli congratulations Team India 🇮🇳
— Parvinder Awana (@ParvinderAwana) October 23, 2022
— Unmukt Chand (@UnmuktChand9) October 23, 2022
— arjun rampal (@rampalarjun) October 23, 2022
— Akshay (@Akshay88182072) October 23, 2022
— Vishal Deshmukh (@kaafiAverage) October 23, 2022
— Call Me Dad (@alphaking151) October 23, 2022
I am really lost for words: Virat Kohli after his match-winning knock against Pakistan
Team India batter Virat Kohli won the Player of the Match award for his match-winning knock against Pakistan. Speaking at the post-match presentation, he expressed that this knock ranks at the top in his career. Virat Kohli said as quoted by Cricbuzz,
“It’s a surreal atmosphere, I have no words, no idea how that happened. I am really lost for words. Hardik believed we can do it if we stayed till the end.”
“Till today Mohali was my best innings against Australia. Today I will count this one higher, he added.