Gautam Gambhir Picks Kuldeep Yadav As Man of the Match Over Virat Kohli
By CricShots - Sep 12, 2023 1:41 pm
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In a high-octane clash that will be etched in cricketing history, India secured a resounding victory against arch-rivals Pakistan in a recent ODI showdown. This monumental win marked India’s biggest-ever ODI triumph over Pakistan, as they outperformed their opponents by a staggering margin of 228 runs.

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Kuldeep Yadav took a 5-fer

The cricketing spectacle unfolded in the Colombo arena, where the dynamic duo of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul stole the limelight. Their extraordinary partnership left cricket enthusiasts in awe as they crafted a record-breaking display of batting prowess, amassing an astonishing 233 runs in just 194 deliveries.

Virat Kohli, the cricketing maestro, showcased his batting genius with a scintillating innings of 122 runs from a mere 94 balls. On the other hand, KL Rahul’s elegant strokeplay was a sight to behold as he contributed a brilliant unbeaten 111 to India’s imposing total.

The post-match presentation ceremony provided a riveting twist, thanks to the candid opinions of Gautam Gambhir. Known for his outspoken views, Gambhir deviated from the norm when asked to name the Player of the Match. In a surprising move, he championed the cause of the unassuming Kuldeep Yadav, choosing to highlight the spinner’s remarkable performance over the more obvious heroics of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul.

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Virat Kohli scored a record-breaking century

“For me, it’s Kuldeep Yadav. Can’t look beyond him. I know Virat got a hundred, KL (Rahul) got a hundred. Rohit (Sharma), Shubman Gill got fifties, but on a wicket like this, where it was seaming and swinging, if someone gets five wickets in 8 overs, especially against Pakistan batters, who play spin really well, it’s a game-changing moment,” expressed Gambhir during his interview with Star Sports.

“I can understand if it was Australia, South Africa, or New Zealand because they don’t play spin that well. This just shows the quality of the bowler. He beat batters in the air and off the wicket as well. Going into the World Cup, that is great for Indian cricket because now you have two attacking pacers upfront and Kuldeep… Three bowlers who can take wickets at any stage of the game,” he added.

Ultimately, the official Player of the Match title was bestowed upon Virat Kohli, a decision that seemed fitting given his remarkable performance. Kohli’s outstanding innings propelled him to new heights, as he became the quickest batsman to reach 13,000 ODI runs. Additionally, he moved closer to emulating the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries.