Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli surprised the cricketing world as he turned into a bowler for the Men in Blue during the match against Bangladesh in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023. Virat Kohli rolled his arm for the first time in a one-day international match in six years.
The Bangladesh team won the toss and opted to bat first at the MCA Stadium on Thursday, October 19. The openers struggled against the Indian newball bowlers in the first five overs. However, the opening duo added 63 runs inside the first powerplay during the match.
Virat Kohli Rolls His Bowling Arm During Power Play
The incident took place during the eighth over of Bangladesh’s innings in the 17th match of the World Cup. Hardik Pandya bowled the first three balls of the over before being forced to walk off the field. Virat Kohli bowled the remaining three balls and conceded two runs.
The all-rounder attempted to stop the ball with his right leg during his follow-through but slipped. He appeared to be in pain and received treatment for his left leg, including taping his ankle, from the physio. He returned to his run-up, but he left the field due to pain.
Virat Kohli represented India in 284 ODI matches during his illustrious 15-year international career. He achieved many milestones with his bat, but he picked up just 4 wickets with the ball. He has a disappointing bowling average of 166.25 and an economy rate of 6.22.
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India vs Bangladesh Playing XI
The visitors made two changes to their playing XI. Shakib Al Hasan failed to recover from the injury he sustained in the last match. Hasan Mahmud replaced Taskin Ahmed in the team’s lineup. On the other hand, India retained the same team from the last match.
Bangladesh: Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto(c), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Nasum Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam
India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj