In the third T20 international clash between India and Afghanistan at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Virat Kohli may have had a relatively quiet performance with the bat, but he made a significant impact in the field. Displaying electric fielding skills, Kohli saved boundaries and executed challenging catches.
During the fifth ball of the 16th over, Kohli showcased exceptional athleticism by preventing a certain six. Facing Washington Sundar, Karim Janat believed he had struck the ball for a six, but Kohli, stationed at deep mid-wicket, leaped into action. He managed to force the ball back into the field before landing outside the boundary, limiting the shot to just one run.
This acrobatic effort by Kohli not only saved a potential six but also prevented five additional runs. In the 19th over, Kohli’s fielding heroics continued as he sprinted from deep extra cover to take a well-judged catch, dismissing the dangerous Najibullah Zadran.
This crucial catch played a pivotal role in keeping India in the game, especially as Afghanistan had their sights set on securing their first-ever victory against India in history.
Here is the video of the incident:
Excellent effort near the ropes!
How’s that for a save from Virat Kohli 👌👌
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 2024
Earlier in the game, India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, etched his name in T20 International history by becoming the first batter to achieve five centuries in the format. After consecutive ducks in the first two matches against Afghanistan, Sharma made a stunning comeback with a century in the third T20I. His remarkable innings of 121 runs off 64 balls, featuring 10 fours and 6 sixes, played a pivotal role in rescuing India from a precarious position at 22/4.
Sharma’s last T20I century was in 2018 against West Indies, where he scored an unbeaten 111 at Lucknow. This century, however, surpassed his previous record, highlighting his dominance in the shortest format.
The skipper, along with Rinku Singh’s aggressive 69, led India to a commanding position against Afghanistan’s bowling attack in Bengaluru. The remarkable turnaround showcased Sharma’s resilience and ability to bounce back, ultimately steering India to a formidable total in the third T20I. Eventually, India registered a mammoth score of 212/4 in their quota of 20 overs owing to some brutal hitting from both Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh in the slog overs.