The India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2023 clash saw many memorable performance from the Rohit Sharma-led side. Three players however stood out – Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav. While Kohli and Rahul hit centuries, Kuldeep picked a five-wicket haul in the Super 4 match that was completed on the reserve day due to rain. Both Kohli and Rahul stayed unbeaten on 122* and 111* respectively. On the last ball of the Indian innings, Kohli hit a six off Faheem Ashraf to take India to a mammoth 356-2 in 50 overs.
The six impressed industrialist Anand Mahindra who made a special comment on that six by Kohli off the last ball.
“That last six off the last ball against Pakistan was a Surgical Strike. Nothing less. Minimum fuss & movement, effortless. Clinical. He may be known as King Kohli but he deserves a medical degree. Doctor Kohli….”
That last six off the last ball against Pakistan was a SurgicalStrike. Nothing less. Minimum fuss & movement, effortless. Clinical.
He may be known as King Kohli but he deserves a medical degree. Doctor Kohli…. pic.twitter.com/cG1lrUosyd
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) September 13, 2023
The Asia Cup 2023 match between India and Pakistan saw several records being broken as Rohit Sharma’s men secured a 228-run victory in Colombo. With the match being stretched to the reserve day, the players were pushed to their limits, resulting in an entertaining contest. As the match concluded, however, not just cricketing but viewership records were also broken. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah revealed the news of a big ‘record’ being broken himself.
According to Jay Shah, who is also the chairman of the Asian Cricket Council, as many as 2.8 crore people tuned in to watch the match through digital mediums.
“Today’s #INDvsPAK has clocked 2.8 Crore concurrent users on @DisneyPlusHS – the highest for any India match in the history of digital. The previous best was #INDvsNZ 2019 @cricketworldcup semifinal with 2.52 Crore concurrent users,” Shah wrote on X (formerly Twitter).
As for the match, Pakistan elected to bowl after Azam won the toss but the team soon lost their grip after a 121-run opening stand between skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul hit 122 and 111 respectively to extend India’s domination in an unbeaten stand of 233.
“Me and KL are both conventional cricketers, we don’t try fancy stuff but we can get a lot of purchase through good cricket shots. Great partnership and good signs for Indian cricket. Very happy for him to come back to ODI cricket in that manner,” Player of the Match, Virat Kohli said after the game.
Pakistan’s bowling, led by Shaheen Shah Afridi, had rattled India’s top order last week in an Asia Cup group game, bowling them out for 266 before the match was abandoned because of rain.
But Rohit, Gill, Rahul and Kohli came roaring back in the Super Four contest to take the attack to the bowlers.
With AFP inputs
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