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Last Update on: September 3rd, 2023 at 01:28 pm

Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra stated that ace batter Virat Kohli’s dismissal during the match against Pakistan was not unfortunate due to his lack of footwork. Aakash Chopra said that Virat Kohli’s approach to playing outside off-stump deliveries led to his dismissal.

Virat Kohli was bowled by Pakistan’s left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi after scoring just 4 runs off 7 balls. The right-handed batter tentatively poked at the outside off-stump delivery, but the ball took the inside edge and hit the stumps in Pallekele on Saturday, September 2.

Virat Kohli Came And Played A Drive – Aakash Chopra

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra highlighted that Virat Kohli doesn’t play balls that are far away from him without moving his feet, especially in the early stages of his innings.

“Kohli came and played a drive. Everyone said – ‘What a shot’. I said it is a good shot but when does Kohli play like that? It was a far-away ball and he doesn’t hit such a distant ball just with his hands. Kohli does not play like that at the start,” Chopra said.

“When you do like that, things go awry, because if the ball is moving even slightly left or right from the pitch, or is getting stuck, you need to reach the ball with your feet and he didn’t reach there. When he got out, people were saying that he was unfortunate, but he wasn’t that unfortunate because the foot did not go once again,” he added.

The 34-year-old opened his account with a beautiful cover drive off Naseem Shah’s bowling. However, he failed to add more runs as he was dismissed by Shaheen Afridi. The Men in Blue were bowled out for 266 runs in the game, which ended in no result.

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There Was A Break And He Got Out – Aakash Chopra

The cricketer-turned-commentator lauded Shaheen Afridi for producing the brilliant delivery to dismiss Rohit Sharma, saying that the bowler set up the batter with outswingers before the dismissal.

“If we see Rohit’s dismissal, Rohit’s ball was absolutely brilliant but the set-up was even better because two balls went away and then one incoming ball. It almost reminded you of the way he (Afridi) dismissed KL Rahul.”

“It was something like that only. The ball came in after pitching, you were slightly tentative, and the ball went between the bat and the pad. Between the two openers, Rohit was batting better, it seemed he would get his rhythm, but then there was a break and he got out.”

Shaheen Afridi provided early breakthroughs for his team by picking up two wickets, including Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. The pacer dismissed Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja in his final spell, ending with bowling figures of 4/35 in 10 overs.

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