Considering the high benchmark Virat Kohli has set for himself, his fielding in India’s tour of Australia has not been up to the mark. He dropped D’Arcy Short in the first T20 and an even easier catch in the second match. However, the India captain did not let his team suffer. He took advantage of the lapse of concentration of Matthew Wade, who thought Kohli had taken his catch, to run him out.
The incident took place in the 8th over of Australia’s innings. It reminded England fast bowler Stuart Broad of his similar effort in the home series against Pakistan a few months back. “Remind you of anything?” Broad captioned the video of Kohli’s drop catch and run out, while tagging England teammate James Anderson.
Kohli’s run-out reminds Stuart Broad of his similar effort
The incident that Stuart Broad was referring to was a similar dropped catch in the 3rd England vs Pakistan Test match in August. Anderson needed one wicket to complete a five-for and three to claim 600 Test wickets when Azhar Ali lobbed a catch to Broad. Just like Kohli, even though Broad dropped the catch, he recovered quickly and knocked the stumps down of non-striker Mohammed Abbas.
The only difference between Kohli’s and Broad’s situation was that Wade whose catch Kohli dropped was the one to get run out. This proved to be an important turning point in the game as the stand-in Australia captain had hit 58 off 32 balls.
Wade himself admitted at the end of the match that his wicket made a difference of 10-15 runs in the Aussies’ eventual total of 194. The home team had chosen to bat first. The match was won by India by 6 wickets. India went on to take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match T20 series.
The final and inconsequential T20 will take place on Tuesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.