Asia Cup 2022: “Anyone can make mistakes under pressure”– Virat Kohli backs Arshdeep Singh after loss to Pakistan
Asia Cup 2022: Star Indian batter Virat Kohli had some strong words of support for young pacer Arshdeep Singh after his team’s five-wicket loss to Pakistan in the Super Four match of the present Asia Cup. Arshdeep had dropped a crucial catch in the 18th over of the match.
At the ongoing Asia Cup 2022, Pakistan defeated Pakistan by five wickets on Sunday thanks to a magnificent fifty by Mohammed Rizwan and a cameo by Mohammad Nawaz.
“Even when I played my first game against Pakistan in Champions Trophy, I played a bad shot and got out. Anyone can make mistakes under pressure. It is natural to feel bad. The team environment is great right now, credit for this goes to management and captain. So one must accept his mistake, address it and look forward to being in that pressure situation once again,” said Kohli in a post-match press conference on Sunday.
The batter admitted that Mohammad Nawaz’s innings, which included 42 runs in just 20 balls, changed the course of the match.
“A chance was taken by sending him up the order. To play such impactful innings is good. Had his innings been restricted to just 15-20 runs, things could have been different,” he added.
With his team’s aggressive approach in T20Is, Kohli is incredibly pleased and content, and it is unaffected by wickets lost in middle overs. He claimed that he was attempting to strike the ball more quickly, but as wickets fell, he was forced to bat till the very end while maintaining one end steadily.
“The way we have been playing, it has been giving us the results that we need. Our middle overs run rate improved and I took notice of it as a batter as one area where we need to work to improve. But sometimes, things do not go your way. We lost some wickets in the middle phase which did not allow us to take the game towards 200-run target because Hooda and I, bowlers were to follow. Given the situation, if we had more wickets in hand, we could have got more runs,” he said.
Virat stated that he does not pay attention to such things when discussing how to appease the critics through his strong performances.
“I have played 14 years of cricket. It does not happen by chance. I was able to score runs. My job is work on my game, something I am always keen to do, to improve my game for the team. People have their opinions but that does not change my happiness as a person. I had taken some time off, put things in perspective. This has given me relaxation and realisation that this all is not the end of world and I need to enjoy my game. I was able to find that excitement again. The environment was welcoming when I came back and I am enjoying the way I am batting.”
“When I left Test captaincy then one person messaged me was MS Dhoni. No one else even though they have my number. Neither he wants anything from me and nor I want anything from him. If there is a genuine connection, it is reflected this way. We were not insecure of each other. People give a lot of suggestions publicly. If I want to say something to someone, I would reach out individually. If one does want me to improve, he can talk to me one on one. But if you want to give me suggestions publicly, I do not hold value to it,” he concluded.
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Virat has so far played well in the Asia Cup. He has 154 runs scored, averaging 77.00 runs per game. He has two half-centuries and a best individual score of 60.
The star batsman agrees that these excellent matchups between India and Pakistan are beneficial for both the two bitter rivals as well as for international cricket as a whole.
“Pakistan is a good balanced side. They have a potent bowling attack. When two good balanced team play then there will be exciting matches,” he added.
He also lavished praises on all-rounder Hardik Pandya, saying, “Hardik has utilized his potential. He realizes what he can do. Once he gets going he can take the game away.”
India’s next super four clash is against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
Coming to the match, a superb fifty by Mohammed Rizwan and cameo by Mohammad Nawaz powered Pakistan to a five-wicket win in a last-ball thriller Super Four clash against India at the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 on Sunday.
The fans enjoyed a thrilling day of cricket action and got their money’s worth. Rizwan’s outstanding 71 off 51 balls ended up being the deciding factor between the two teams. With a combination of sporadic huge hits and regular strike rotation, Pakistan’s opening pair of Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan attempted to give their team a strong start as they chased 182 runs. However, India’s spinner Ravi Bishnoi struck in the fourth over, dismissing Babar Azam for 14 off 10 balls as the batsman attempted to drive the ball over midwicket. Pakistan’s odds at this point were 22/1.
Babar’s terrible performance in the competition continued as he recorded his third score below 20.
Fakhar Zaman, a southpaw, took the field next. Rizwan continued to appear good from the other end while Zaman continued to take his time to relax. For Pakistan, they kept the scoreboard moving and saw them safely through the powerplay.
Pakistan stood at 44/1 after six overs, with Rizwan (24*) and Zaman (6*) batting. In 6.4 overs, the squad reached the fifty-run mark.
Fakhar Zaman was sent back for 15 off 18 balls by Yuzvendra Chahal in the ninth over after Virat Kohli had caught him at long-on while trying to knock a big one. This was another spinner strike for the Men in Blue. With the end of this 41-run stand, Pakistan was currently at 63/2.
Mohammad Nawaz, an all-arounder, came next on the field. He had a great inning opening with a four and a six in his first five balls.
Pakistan stood at 76/2 after 10 overs, with Nawaz (11*) and Rizwan (35*) batting.
While batting, the pair demonstrated some aggressiveness, Nawaz in particular. Rizwan also maintained stability on the other side. With four boundaries and two sixes in 37 balls, Rizwan reached his half-century and assisted his team in reaching the 100-run mark in 12.2 overs.
In just 29 balls, the pair reached their fifty-run partnership, keeping Pakistan in the game. Pakistan needed to score 63 runs in the last six overs.
Pakistan gained an advantage in the next over thanks to two boundaries in the first two balls. Chahal’s over cost 16 runs, and Pakistan required 47 runs from 30 balls at the conclusion of it.
When Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent Nawaz back for 42 off 20 balls and snapped their 73-run partnership, it was a much-needed victory for Team India. Deepak Hooda was the one who made the long-off catch.
On the crease, Khushdil Shah was the next player. With only four more overs, Pakistan still needed 43 runs.
In the subsequent over, Rizwan kept the scoreboard moving. Despite being under pressure, Hardik Pandya managed to dismiss Rizwan for a significant wicket on the fifth ball of his over, sending him back for 71 off 51 deliveries after being caught by Suryakumar Yadav. At 147 runs, Pakistan had lost their fourth wicket, and Pandya had given India new life by capturing the game’s biggest fish.
Pakistan needed to score 34 runs over the final three overs. On the crease, Asif Ali had joined Khushdil.
The following over would be bowled by Ravi Bishnoi. Arshdeep Singh dumped Asif Ali. Bishnoi also bowled a few wides in his over. Pakistan needed to score 25 runs in the final two overs.
The 19th over was to be bowled by Bhuvneshwar. With his second delivery, Asif Ali delivered a six, reducing the equation to 18 runs in 10 balls. Additionally, Kumar produced two wides. Khushdil’s four-ball stroke reduced the equation to 12 from 8 balls. Pakistan needed seven runs in the final over after a four on the last ball.
Arshdeep arrived to bowl the last over. When two runs were needed in just two deliveries, he got Asif Ali’s wicket to keep Team India’s hopes alive. After seven balls, Ali was out for 16 points.
The next batter was Iftikhar Ahmed. With one ball remaining, his team took the match by five wickets.
With a 1/26 for India, Ravi Bishnoi was the best of the bowlers. Each wicket taken by Bhuvneshwar, Arshdeep, Pandya, and Chahal.
Virat Kohli and Deepak Hooda earlier led India to a score of 181/7 against arch-rival Pakistan in the second game of the Super Four round of the current Asia Cup 2022 here at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Their scorching 60 and 37-run partnership stand was vital in this.
In top form, Virat Kohli blasted 60 runs off of just 44 deliveries, and Rohit Sharma added 28 runs to help provide a strong platform for the Indian squad. Shadab Khan took two wickets for Pakistan, while Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah each took one.
When India given the opportunity to bat first, they made a quick start, as openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma pounded Pakistani bowlers all over the field, scoring 34 runs in three overs without losing a wicket.
Rohit pounded Haris Rauf for 12 runs in the fourth over of the inning, blasting one six and four runs. India’s skipper Rohit out for 28 runs in 16 balls by a superb delivery from Haris Rauf in the sixth over. India’s score after six powerplay overs was 62/1.
Rahul bowled by Shadab Khan for 28 runs in 20 balls in the seventh over, giving his team a significant victory. Then Suryakumar Yadav arrived at the batting crease. The first ball Suryakumar faced resulted with a magnificent four, giving him a quick start. For a four, he played a stunning cut short near the backward point area.
After hitting 13 runs in 10 deliveries, Suryakumar removed by Mohammad Nawaz because he was unable to make much of an impact. Rishabh Pant, a left-handed hitter, then entered the crease.
India’s total after 10 over of the innings was 93/3. The former India captain bowled a short ball by Mohammad Hasnain in the eleventh over, and he blasted it for a four to backward square leg.
On the opening delivery of the 12th over, Kohli drove a shot down the track and smacked Naseem Shah for a four toward extra cover. Shah pounded for 13 runs by the Kohli and Pant combination.
Pant had more time to stand as he attempted a reverse sweep on Shadab Khan’s ball, which he smashed right into Asif Ali’s hands at the backward point field. He left the game after 12 balls and 14 runs. Hasnain of Pakistan dealt India a severe blow by dismissing Hardik Pandya for a two-ball duck.
The next batter, Deepak Hooda, opened his account with a stunning four off a Hasnain delivery. Virat Kohli hit a massive six in the 18th over to get his half-centuries in 36 balls. In the ongoing Asia Cup, it was his second fifty in a row.
Hooda left for the pavilion in the 19th over after scoring 16 runs in 14 balls. After hitting 60 runs, Kohli run out by Asif Ali and sent back to the pavilion. Then, Ravi Bishnoi entered the crease and hit back-to-back fours for two boundaries to assist India in scoring a total of 181/7 in 20 overs.