Asia Cup: Former captain Virat Kohli performed brilliantly in the Asia Cup match against Pakistan, seeing that he has returned to his form. India made a winning start in this tournament and defeated Pakistan (IND vs PAK) by 5 wickets in the match played in Dubai on Sunday. Man of the match was all-rounder Hardik Pandya who took 3 wickets and played an unbeaten innings of 33 runs. Hardik hit the winning six.
Coming to bat at number-3, Virat Kohli scored 35 runs in 34 balls with the help of 3 fours and 1 six. He also added 49 runs for the second wicket with Rohit Sharma. India achieved the target with 2 balls to spare after Pakistan’s innings was bundled out for 147. Hardik Pandya hit 4 fours and 1 six in 17 balls and returned unbeaten. He also hit the winning six off the delivery of Mohammad Nawaz.
“I think he knows he is one of the best all-rounders in the world right now. He works according to that. His mindset is set according to that. He is bowling 140kph-plus and when he comes out to bat, he is a very important member of the Indian team in all the formats,” Wasim Akram told Star Sports on Sunday.
“Like I said, in my opinion, he is the best all-rounder in world cricket right now. The way he is batting he is better than Andre Russell, better than all the all-rounders we have. He is consistent. He is an electrifying fielder. He is one of the top cricketers in the world,” he added.
“At the start, he took his time. Pakistan were not bowling in his arc. But he is in such a good form that he can any bowler in world cricket right now.
“That’s the confidence he has got now after coming back from an injury. He has got great hitting power. Ability was always there but now he has started to showcase performances regularly. He is fit and is able to bowl 140kph-plus,” Pathan said.
Meanwhile, Irfan Pathan said that Virat is the legend of this game. He said, ‘Whenever he (Virat) comes out on the field, he gets full support of the audience. This was earlier seen with Sachin Tendulkar. He is really a legend of this game.’ Virat has so far scored 3343 runs in 100 T20 Internationals with the help of 30 half-centuries.
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