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Virat Kohli Reminisces His Iconic Knock Against Pakistan At The MCG
By CricShots - Nov 26, 2022 11:51 am
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The Indian stalwart, Virat Kohli reminisced about his T20 World Cup 2022 innings against Pakistan, saying the match-winning knock will always be special in his heart. The former Indian skipper played an unbeaten knock of 82 to help his side beat Pakistan by four wickets at the Melbourne cricket ground on October 23.

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Virat Kohli took to Instagram to recall the blessed evening, saying: “October 23rd 2022 will always be special in my heart. Never felt energy like that in a cricket game before. What a blessed evening that was.”

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Former Indian skipper, who finished the tournament as the highest run-getter as he amassed 296 runs, along with Hardik Pandya took India’s opening match against Pakistan, with Kohli anchoring the innings while Pandya played the role of second fiddle. When India was requiring 16 runs to win in the final over, the fourth ball went for a six and the umpire signaled a no-ball for being a high full-toss for Kohli.

 

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Mohammad Nawaz then bowled a wide before India took three runs on a free hit. The Pakistan bowler fumbled again as he bowled a wide when India needed two runs off as many balls. Ravichandran Ashwin then cleared the infield for a single, prompting jubilation in the Indian dugout.

After the match, during a chat with Star Sports, Virat Kohli said, “I actually don’t know how to explain the feeling. Talking about some practical things, honestly, the situation was very difficult when Hardik Pandya came to bat. I was just going through the innings; I was like just rotating the strike and hitting an odd boundary here and there to keep the scoreboard moving. But Hardik kept pushing me and telling me ho jaayega, we bat deep ho jaayega.”

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He further added, “Then I found boundaries at the right time but still 50 off three overs, and with Haris Rauf to bowl one over, I was thinking it’s going to be challenging. I told Hardik one thing if we attack Haris Rauf then Pakistan will start to panic. When 28 runs were required from eight balls, then I was just backing myself to score two sixes otherwise we will lose the game.”

India failed t win the semi-final of the T20 World Cup after suffering a 10-wicket defeat against the eventual champions England in the semi-finals.

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