In the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 match against Nepal, former India captain Virat Kohli achieved a significant milestone by completing 100 catches in multi-nation tournaments. This achievement came during the 30th over of the match when Mohammed Siraj induced Aasif Sheikh to play a lofted shot, which Kohli expertly grabbed with his right hand to secure the dismissal.
With this feat, Virat Kohli became only the second Indian cricketer, after Mohammad Azharuddin, to complete 100 catches as a non-wicketkeeper in multi-nation tournaments. While Kohli had dropped a catch earlier in the innings, he made amends by holding onto this crucial opportunity, sending Nepal’s top-scorer, Sheikh, back to the pavilion.
At the time of his dismissal, Sheikh had amassed 58 runs, and his partnership with Kushal Bhurtel had provided Nepal with a solid start. This partnership had yielded 65 runs, with Bhurtel contributing 38 runs. Notably, Sheikh became the first Nepalese batsman to score a half-century against India, marking his 10th in ODI cricket.
However, India mounted a comeback after the initial powerplay. Shardul Thakur secured the first wicket by dismissing Bhurtel for 38 runs. Ravindra Jadeja then triggered a collapse with three quick wickets, removing Bhim Sharki (7), captain Rohit Paudel (5), and Kushal Malla (2).
Mohammed Siraj continued India’s resurgence by dismissing the well-set Sheikh and Gulshan Jha (23) in the space of two overs. This flurry of wickets left Nepal struggling at 144 for 6 in 31.5 overs. Virat Kohli’s milestone catch added to India’s momentum as they looked to assert their dominance in the match against Nepal during the Asia Cup 2023.
Here is the video of the catch from Virat Kohli:
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India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
Nepal (Playing XI): Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh (wk), Rohit Paudel (c), Bhim Sharki, Sompal Kami, Gulsan Jha, Dipendra Singh Airee, Kushal Malla, Sandeep Lamichhane, Karan KC, Lalit Rajbanshi