The 2023 Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan saw many memorable performances from the Rohit Sharma-led team. However, three players stood out: Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav. While Kohli and Rahul reached centuries, Kuldeep took a five-wicket haul in the Super 4 match that was completed on the reserve day due to rain. Both Kohli and Rahul remained unbeaten on 122* and 111* respectively. On the last ball of the Indian innings, Kohli hit a six off Faheem Ashraf to take India to a mammoth 356-2 in 50 overs.
The six impressed industrialist Anand Mahindra, who made a special comment on Kohli’s six off the last ball.
“That last six off the last ball against Pakistan was a surgical strike. Nothing less. Minimal fuss and movement, effortless. Clinical. He may be known as King Kohli, but he deserves a medical degree. Doctor Kohli….”
That last six off the last ball against Pakistan was a SurgicalStrike. Nothing less. Minimal fuss and movement, effortless. Clinical.
He may be known as King Kohli, but he deserves a medical degree. Doctor Kohli…. pic.twitter.com/cG1lrUosyd
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) September 13, 2023
The 2023 Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan saw several records broken as Rohit Sharma’s men registered a 228-run win in Colombo. With the match being stretched to reserve day, the players were pushed to their limits, resulting in an entertaining match. However, when the match ended, not only cricket records but also viewership records were broken. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah revealed the news that he himself had broken a major ‘record’.
According to Jay Shah, who is also chairman of the Asian Cricket Council, as many as 2.8 crore people watched the match through digital media.
“Today’s #INDvsPAK clocked 2.8 Crore concurrent users on @DisneyPlusHS – the highest for any India match in digital history. The previous best was #INDvsNZ 2019 @cricketworldcup semi-final with 2.52 Crore concurrent users,” Shah wrote on X (formerly Twitter). ).
As for the match, Pakistan opted to bowl after Azam won the toss but the team soon lost their grip after an opening stand of 121 runs between skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul scored 122 and 111 respectively to extend India’s dominance to an unbeaten tally of 233.
“Me and KL are both conventional cricketers, we don’t try fancy things but we can get a lot of buys through good cricket shots. Great partnership and good signs for Indian cricket. I am very happy for him to return to ODI at that time cricket. way,” said Player of the Match Virat Kohli after the match.
Pakistan’s bowling, led by Shaheen Shah Afridi, had shaken India’s top spot in an Asia Cup group match last week, bowling them out for 266 before the match was abandoned due to rain.
But Rohit, Gill, Rahul and Kohli came roaring back in the Super Four match to take the attack to the bowlers.
With AFP inputs
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