Former India player Gautam Gambhir has questioned the shot that saw Virat Kohli’s dismissal in India’s Asia Cup 2022 campaign opener against Pakistan. Kohli was caught at long-off off Mohammad Nawaz’s bowling after scoring a stable 34-ball 35 to leave India struggling at 53/3 in the 10th over while chasing a 148-run target in Dubai on Sunday (August 28) as well. Later, Hardik Pandya (33* off 17) and Ravindra Jadeja (35 off 29) then helped them register a five-wicket win.
During a discussion on Star Sports, Gambhir said: “He will be extremely disappointed because Rohit Sharma’s wicket had just fallen and after that if you play a shot like that, it is good a youngster did not play that shot. There would have been a lot of criticism if a youngster had played that kind of shot.”
He “I am sure the number of runs he has scored in international cricket, when he sees this shot he will tell himself that the shot was not required. You played 34 balls and scored 35 runs, your captain had just gotten out, if you had built your innings a little more, things might have become easier.”
Rohit Sharma was caught at long-off off the last ball of Nawaz’s first over, the eighth over of the Indian innings. Kohli also tried to play a big shot off the first ball of the left-arm spinner’s next over and was caught in the same position.
“It is T20 cricket, you think at times that you should back your instincts and you did that, but it is a frustrating shot because it was a nothing shot. If you were looking to hit a six and had gotten out, there is no problem with that, because you are trying to play a big shot. Here neither did you try to hit a six nor did you find a gap. Literally, it was a nothing shot, probably that is why he will be even more disappointed,” Gautam Gambhir concluded.