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India managed to secure a thumping victory over Ireland in Hamilton on Tuesday to register their fifth consecutive victory in this World Cup. The victory was scripted by the pace brilliance of Mohammad Shami, who bagged 3 wickets by conceding 41 runs and that was followed by a ‘creative’ and aggressive innings of Shikhar Dhawan.
Dhawan scored brilliant hundred runs off 85 deliveries. And to finish things off, it was Virat Kohli’s classy knock at the end to secure the victory in favour of India. On that note, Virat Kohli’s girlfriend, Anushka Sharma feels that Kohli must get the respect he deserves.
India did not have happy memories of New Zealand in the recent past. Kohli was amongst the top Indian batsmen who failed when the two nations met in a bilateral series just a year back in 2014.
But on Tuesday, India looked a solid unit. Dhawan did the job initially but to finish things off for India in style, it was Virat Kohli with his brilliant unbeaten knock of 44 runs off 42 deliveries.
After Dhawan and Rohit made a record breaking opening partnership of 174 runs, it was Kohli and Rahane who made a partnership of 70 runs in 9.1 overs to seal victory in India’s favour. Kohli looked in perfect touch today and his cover drives and straight drives were simply a treat to watch.
Kohli’s recent form has answered many critics. Due to his lack of form in the tri series, his ability to play well on bouncy tracks were put to question.
Also, recently, he was involved in a verbal spat with a journalist and he was reported to have abused a journalist of late. He was even reprimanded by BCCI for the same.
Kohli is currently the second highest run scorer for India in the World Cup with a total of 263 runs with an average of 87.6.
Meanwhile, recently Anushka Sharma raised voice for Kohli and said in an interview that the players live and breathe cricket. Anushka also asked to let them stay adults.
Anushka has been involved in several distasteful jokes after Kohli’s poor form in England and also in the ODIs in Australia but recently she hits back at the detractors and called those comments as somewhat “Primitive”.
Also the star actress of Bollywood said, “Why should I be responsible for Virat’s performance on the field? It’s primitive to call me a distraction.”
She also made it clear that success and failure on her and Virat’s professional lives have nothing to do with their relationship.
India needs Virat Kohli in this World Cup thoroughly. Thus, the media needs to be circumspect now.