Virat Kohli picks funniest and tense experience: The Indian captain picked his funniest and most tense moment of playing vs Pakistan.
“Watch and enjoy… it’s just a cricket match,” India captain Virat Kohli was loud and clear in his message to fans from both the countries for the imminent India and Pakistan match in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Slated to be played at Old Trafford tomorrow, the build-up to the match has witnessed advertisements in not the most right of spirits from both the countries. Given the intensity of the match, fans’ getting excited across the globe isn’t a surprise.
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Virat Kohli picks funniest and tense experience
Speaking during the pre-match press conference on the eve of the match, Kohli was asked about his most tense moment while playing against Pakistan in his career. The Indian skipper picked playing a “bad shot” against Pakistan during the ICC Champions Trophy 2009 at Centurion.
“From 2009, when Yuvi [Yuvraj Singh] was injured, I flew in. Two days later I was playing Pakistan. Unlike anything I had experienced before. Played a bad shot, couldn’t sleep till 6 AM thinking am finished,” Kohli said.
Initially not part of the Indian team, Kohli was called-up to replace injured all-rounder Yuvraj Singh. Chasing a 303-run target, Kohli came in to bat at No. 4 in the 14th over. In the 22nd over, Kohli had lofted a Shahid Afridi delivery straight to Umar Gul at long-off.
Other than this, Kohli picked an incident from India-Pakistan match from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 at Mohali as his funniest one from a match involving the arch-rivals.
“Can’t go into details here. Was during 2011 World Cup semi-final. I was at the non-striker’s end. It was a conversation between Shahid Afridi and Wahab Riaz. It was very funny in that pressure situation. I can’t say here,” Kohli added.
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