In a crucial World Cup match against Australia, Virat Kohli displayed his legendary batting prowess by rescuing India from a disastrous start. With India reeling at 2 for 3, Kohli teamed up with KL Rahul, forming a remarkable partnership of 165 runs, the highest India has ever achieved against Australia in an ODI. Kohli’s contribution of 85 runs off 116 balls was vital in India’s successful chase of 200, with 8.4 overs to spare.
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What disappointed Virat Kohli ?
However, what disappointed Virat Kohli was not just missing out on a century but his inability to finish the game for his team. Known for his exceptional skills in chasing targets, Kohli fell short when Josh Hazlewood’s short-ball strategy worked, causing him to get out. This unexpected setback left Kohli visibly frustrated and disappointed.
Despite his personal achievement, Kohli’s primary concern was India still needing 32 runs to win after his dismissal. The responsibility to secure victory fell on Rahul and Hardik Pandya, who managed to guide India to the win after facing some tense moments.
Unexpected Setback: Hazlewood’s Short-Ball Strategy Works
Kohli’s rare failure in a run chase surprised fans and cricket enthusiasts worldwide. His disappointment stemmed not from his individual score but from his unfulfilled desire to see India through to the end, especially in such a crucial game against a formidable opponent like Australia.
India’s Perfect Start to World Cup
Looking ahead India’s victory provided them with perfect start to the World Cup tournament. The team’s next challenge awaits them in match against Afghanistan at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on October 11.
Despite the momentary disappointment, Kohli’s determination and proven track record in chasing targets continue to make him a standout player, with fans eagerly anticipating his future performances in the tournament.