Team India skipper Virat Kohli hit hard at the journalist who asked him to replace vice-captain and opening batter Rohit Sharma with youngster Ishan Kishan in the ongoing 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE. This happened during the post-match press conference after the one-sided defeat against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday.
The 32-year-old also talked about India’s possible mistakes during the match and hoped to overcome them in the following game.
“Credit to the opposition [for the way they played]. No shame in accepting that a team played better than you. You also don’t go out there being casual. We tried creating pressure but they had answers for the same. We know where we went wrong. We have that clarity. We definitely feel like we can overcome these mistakes,” Kohli said during the post-match press conference.
“Brave question. What do you think, sir? Will you drop Rohit Sharma from the T20I team? Unbelievable [laughs]. If you want controversy, please tell me before, I will answer accordingly,” Kohli gave a befitting reply to the journalist.
All-round performance helps Pakistan end losing streak against India in WCs
The Indian cricket team’s unbeaten streak against Pakistan in World Cup matches has finally come to an end on Sunday. Babar Azam and his men registered a clinical victory of 10 wickets to outperform the opposition in all three aspects of the game.
Batting first, India lost both their openers – Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul inside the powerplay. Following this, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals before Kohli (57) and Rishabh Pant (39) helped their side steading the innings. As a result, the ‘Men in Blue’ could only manage to post a par-total of 151/7 on the board at the end of the 20 overs.
In reply, Pak openers Azam (68*) and Mohammad Rizwan (79*) produced marvellous batting performances to take their side home. All Indian bowlers looked clueless against Pak batters’ prowess as none of them was able to tick the wickets column. Hence, the Pakistani team registered their maiden WC win against India after losing five matches in the previous editions.