Former Indian captain Virat Kohli took a stunning catch at slips to dismiss David Warner in the second over of India’s opening match of the ICC World Cup 2023 against Australia at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Kohli dived to his left to pocket the catch safely with both hands as the Indian fans went delirious. Warner had just scored 13 runs off 11 balls before Jasprit Bumrah dismissed him.
Kohli’s catch was a brilliant example of his athleticism and fielding skills. He is one of the best fielders in the world, and he has taken many spectacular catches over the years. India and Australia are two of the most successful teams in World Cup history, and they are expected to be among the frontrunners this year. India is the defending champion, while Australia are five-time winner of the tournament.
Here is the video of the catch from Virat Kohli:
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The match between India and Australia is always a highly anticipated one, and the two teams have a long history of rivalry. The match in Chennai is expected to be a close and exciting one.
During the toss, the Indian captain, Rohit Sharma, said, “The conditions are there for the bowlers and the ball will turn as the game goes on, you need to understand what line and lengths to bowl and adjust accordingly. We played a lot of cricket before that, we played two good series before the warm-up games, we have covered all bases. Unfortunately, he (Shubman Gill) didn’t recover in time, we waited till today morning and he couldn’t recover. Ishan comes in to replace him, he will open the batting.”
On the other hand, Pat Cummins said, “We’ll bat first, looks like a good wicket. The sun is out and looks like a good afternoon to bat. We are in a really good spot, we have played quite a lot of cricket but we got a good balance of giving guys game time and keeping them fresh. Travis Head is on a couch in Adelaide, Abbott, Stoinis and Inglis miss out.”
India’s Playing XI: Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Australia’s Playing XI: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Alex Carey(w), Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins(c), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa