Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli produced a masterclass against arch-rivals Pakistan in the recently concluded T20 World Cup and single-handedly took India to victory. Pakistan’s Haris Rauf bowled four brilliant deliveries in the 19th over during the chase of 160, but Kohli still managed to hit two incredible sixes off the last two balls to set his side up for victory.
While Pakistan dominated for the majority of the game, Kohli’s astonishing back-to-back sixes swung the match in India’s favor, and they won on the final ball of the match. Rauf, who had been outstanding throughout the game, was unable to respond as Kohli grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat.
The Way He Played In The World Cup, That Is His Class – Haris Rauf
Haris Rauf has been talking about the T20 World Cup in 2022 and how he would have felt bad if some other batter had hit him, but he didn’t because it was Virat Kohli. He also stated that only the 34-year-old could have hit sixes like those.
“The way he played in the World Cup, that is his class, we all know the types of shots he plays. And the way he hit those sixes, I don’t think any other player can hit shots like those off my bowling. If Dinesh Karthik or Hardik Pandya would’ve hit those sixes, I would’ve been hurting but those came off Kohli’s bat and he is a different class altogether,” Rauf told Cricwick.
He Knows Where I Came From – Haris Rauf
The 29-year-old was a rising sensation for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League. He had seen the likes of KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and others as net bowlers for the Indian cricket team. He has also met head coach Ravi Shastri, so bowling to the same group in the Asia Cup was extremely impressive. When asked about his meeting with ‘Shaz,’ he told ‘Crickwick’ that Shastri always reminds him of “those days” every time he meets the former Indian coach.
“Aksar unse (Ravi Shastri) se mulakat hoti hai, wo kehte hai ‘yaar ek net bowler jaise tum hamare paas aye they…aur jis tarah tum world me bowling kar rahey ho tumhara ek naam hai. Jab hum tumko dekhte hai to hume kafi khushi milti hai. To unhe sara pata hai jaise Virat bhai bhi kafi appreciate karte hai ki ek time tum net bowler bhi they.” (Whenever I meet Shastri, he always reminds me how I was a net bowler once and now you have so much fame. So, he knows where I came from. Even Kohli appreciates where I have reached.)