After a gap of nearly six years, former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli was seen bowling in T20I cricket and it was probably the highlight of Hong Kong’s innings against India on Wednesday. Kohli came out to bowl the 17th over of the innings. Unfortunately, the 33-year-old did not pick up a wicket but his solo over where he conceded six runs was immensely appreciated by the fans on the internet.
In 101 T20I matches, Virat Kohli has managed to scalp four wickets at an average of 49.5 and maintained an economy rate of 8.1 Kohli has previously joked that if his India teammates had enough belief in his ability with the ball in his hand, he could have had much more than the eight international wickets he has to his name.
The last time Virat Kohli bowled in T20Is before this, was in 2016. On that occasion, MS Dhoni opted to throw the ball to him when India needed to defend 7 runs in the last over, despite Ravichandran Ashwin still not having finished his quota of overs. Virat Kohli had failed to emerge as the hero with the ball on that occasion.
Here is the video of Virat Kohli bowling against Hong Kong:
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Some time back during an interview on Star Sports, talking about his bowling, Virat Kohli said, “No one in the team believes in my bowling but I do. After that I had back issues and then never bowled (in an international match).”
Meanwhile, following up his 35 against Pakistan in India’s Asia Cup opener, former Indian skipper, Kohli on Wednesday struck a fluent 44-ball 59 not out against Hong Kong in Dubai, his first international half-century since a 52 against the West Indies in a T20I in Kolkata on February 18 earlier this year.