Indian captain Virat Kohli was pumped as ever when he swivel pulled England pacer Mark Wood for a disdainful six over backward square-leg during the series-decider at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
It all happened during the final over of the powerplay during India’s innings when Mark Wood dug in short only to see skipper Virat Kohli smash the pacer for an authoritative six.
And, one could make out from Virat’s expression that not only the Indian fans but he also enjoyed the shot. Virat Kohli’s ploy to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma proved to be a masterstroke as the legendary duo took the attack to the English bowling-attack to the hilt.
Jofra Archer and Mark Wood had troubled the Indian top-order with their searing pace and consistency throughout the series but on Saturday, the duo, especially the latter were taken to the cleaners.
Every time Wood dug in short, both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who smashed a whirlwind 30-ball half-century, rocked back on the backfoot and proceeded to pull or hook him for a boundary.
Rohit Sharma struggled early against Adil Rashid but once he stroked the leggie for a six on the last ball of the third over, all hell broke loose. Post that stroke, Sharma proceeded to pull, hook, flick, cut and drive the English bowlers to all corners of the ground. Rohit completed his 50 in just 30 balls with a six over square-leg. He was eventually dismissed by Ben Stokes after he failed to connect a slow bouncer by Ben Stokes but by then India had rollicked past 90 runs in just 8 overs.
At the time of writing, Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav were taking the attack to the English bowlers with the score reading 1/133 in just 11.4 overs.