Former India National Cricket Team opening batsman Aakash Chopra has said that even after scoring a ton in the third ODI against Bangladesh, Virat Kohli was overshadowed by Ishan Kishan.
In the third ODI at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Saturday, December 10, India posted a humongous total of 409/8 in 50 overs with the help of exceptional innings by Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli.
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Kishan smashed 210 runs off 131 balls, including 24 fours and 10 sixes, while Virat Kohli smashed 113 runs off 91 balls, including 11 fours and 2 sixes. Together they stitched up a remarkable 290-run partnership in just 190 deliveries.
In a video shared on his official YouTube channel on Sunday, Chopra said that Kohli being overshadowed by a batter despite scoring a century is a very rare thing. He also lavished praise on the modern-day batting great Virat Kohli for becoming the player with the second-most centuries (72) in the history of international cricket. The 45-year-old said:
“Ishan Kishan was playing at one end and Virat Kohli was there at the other end. This is an interesting one. Generally everyone else falls pale when Kohli scores a century, you will find it rarely that he is playing well and scores a century but playing second fiddle to the extent that there was no focus on him at all.
“You and I know that Virat Kohli scored a century in this match, has come to No. 2 in terms of most centuries in international cricket, this is absolutely phenomenal, but the focus was on Ishan. It was that type of innings, an extremely easy catch was also dropped by Litton Das, but after that he scored a century.”
Aakash Chopra Shares His Take On Shikhar Dhawan’s Failure
Shikhar Dhawan registered three single-digit scores in the recently concluded three-match ODI series against Bangladesh, where the Men In Blue lost by 1-2. The cricketer-turned-commentator shared his views on Dhawan’s performance in the series and said:
“There is one thing that is a problem, and that is Shikhar Dhawan got out early once again. He fell prey to Mehidy Hasan Miraz one more time. He was dismissed while playing the reverse sweep in the first match, he got out differently in the second match, and here he was hit on the pads while defending.
“So three low scores. When you see three low scores in isolation, you say it’s not a problem because he is a very good player and has done extremely well earlier. But when you see that Shubman Gill was doing very well earlier and when Ishan Kishan got a chance here, he scored a double century in 126 balls.”
Overall, in his last ten ODIs, Dhawan has registered scores of 3, 8, 7, 28, 3, 72, 8, 13, 4 and 40. In ODI cricket in 2022, Shikhar Dhawan has scored 688 runs at an average of 34.4 and a strike rate of 74.21, including 6 half-centuries, and his dot ball percentage is 60.