Indian captain Virat Kohli recalled an incident when former skipper MS Dhoni was not pleased with the effort of the latter and Rohit Sharma. It was supposed to be single when Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal played the ball between mid-wicket and deep square leg. However, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma collided with each other in an attempt to field the ball and gave away three runs.
Subsequently, the then Indian skipper MS Dhoni was not pleased by the fielding effort of both the players. Meanwhile, Pakistan went on to score 329 runs in that match of the 2012 Asia Cup. India was under the pressure to chase down the big target but Virat Kohli announced himself at the big stage.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are both great fielders.
Kohli scored his best ODI score of 183 runs off just 148 balls and got a lot of confidence after his superb knock. In fact, it was Sachin Tendulkar’s last ODI innings and the Master Blaster also scored a fifty. Rohit Sharma scored 65 whereas Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni provided the finishing touches for the team. It was India’s highest run-chase at that time as they went past the Natwest final target of 325.
“It was very funny and I remember MS wasn’t too happy about it. Pakistan I think had posted 329 and they had some very big partnerships in the beginning. At that time we (he and Rohit) sort of messed up, it was supposed to be single but we gave away three runs,” recalled Kohli in an interview with teammate Ravichandran Ashwin.
“I remember Irfan (Pathan) running after the ball and throwing it back to MS and MS was like how can these two guys just collide and give away three runs. The bowler was you (Ashwin). I remember Umar Akmal played it like that, I was at deep mid-wicket and Rohit was at deep square-leg. I came in, Rohit was also going for the ball and the side of my head hit Rohit’s shoulder. I don’t think it was that serious, it was just the heat of the moment when we went for the ball and like for five minutes couldn’t figure out what had happened,” said Kohli.
Kohli received a lot of confidence after making his highest score in the ODIs and helped his team seal the win by six wickets against arch-rivals. The talisman was able to make a name for himself and that knock laid the foundation of Kohli’s penchant for run-chases.
Virat Kohli has been brilliant in the second innings. Kohli has scored 22 ODI centuries in successful run-chases for the Indian team. He has an average of 96.21 and has scored 5338 runs in the successful run-chases. No doubt Kohli is known as the ‘chase master’.