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Mohammad Nawaz Reflects On Virat Kohli’s MCG Masterclass
By CricShots - Feb 13, 2024 3:21 pm
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In the annals of cricket history, the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 witnessed an unforgettable clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The high-stakes game saw Pakistan setting a challenging target of 160 runs. However, India found themselves in dire straits at 31/4 in the seventh over, facing the prowess of the Pakistani bowlers.

Mohammad Nawaz
Mohammad Nawaz was playing a good knock

Amid the tense situation, Virat Kohli emerged as the savior for India, orchestrating a magnificent chase with an unbeaten 82 off 53 balls. His stellar performance not only rescued India but also etched his name in the hearts of millions once again.

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The climax of the match unfolded in the final over, with Mohammad Nawaz tasked with defending 16 runs. Despite a valiant effort in the initial deliveries, Kohli’s brilliance shattered Pakistani dreams, leading India to a breathtaking victory. For Mohammad Nawaz, the agony of defeat was palpable, reminiscent of past heartbreaks in similar circumstances.

 

Reflecting on that unforgettable encounter, Mohammad Nawaz confessed to the lingering pain of the loss. In a conversation with Cricbuzz, he acknowledged the magnitude of the match and the global audience witnessing their battle. Despite the disappointment, Nawaz highlighted the silver lining, stating, “It turned out to be my strength because when you go through such an experience, you can adapt better when you come up against a similar scenario.”

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While acknowledging Kohli’s brilliance, Mohammad Nawaz praised the Indian skipper as the best player in the world. He lauded Kohli’s ability to turn the game around, especially in challenging conditions, emphasizing that only Kohli could have secured a victory from the precarious position of losing four wickets within 40 runs.

In hindsight, Nawaz finds solace in the invaluable lessons learned from the MCG game. The experience has equipped him to think better and react swiftly in tricky situations, allowing him to navigate challenges with newfound composure. He also reiterated Kohli’s role as the architect of India’s triumphant journey in that memorable match.