Solely Virat Kohli might have hit these two SIXES, reveals Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf about T20 World Cup 2022 knock | Cricket Information
Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf made his Take a look at debut within the 1st Take a look at in opposition to England at Rawalpindi on Thursday (December 1). Considered one of his most memorable clashes in worldwide cricket was the T20 World Cup 2022 match on the Melbourne Cricket Floor in opposition to India on October 23. Kohli hit a match-winning 83 not out in that recreation, which included two beautiful sixes off Rauf within the penultimate over of the match.
The Pakistan speedster believes that no participant in world cricket save the peerless Virat Kohli might have hit him for these two sixes in that thrilling India victory in opposition to Pakistan within the T20 World Cup 2022 match in October. Talking for the primary time to a Pakistani web site about these two hits, Rauf stated had Hardik Pandya or Dinesh Karthik hit him like that, he would have felt ‘harm’. Kohli’s unbeaten 83 off 52 balls, thought-about as one of many best T20 innings, noticed India beat arch-rivals Pakistan by 4 wickets.
Needing 28 off the final eight balls, Kohli first lofted Rauf down the bottom with a back-foot punch for the ages after which flicked him behind sq. to principally shut the sport earlier than final over. “That was his class and the type of photographs that he performs, and the 2 sixes that he hit, I do not assume every other participant might hit these type of photographs. Had Dinesh Karthik or Hardik Pandya hit me like that, I might have been harm however that was Kohli, and that is completely different class,” Rauf instructed ‘Cricwick’ web site in an interview.
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The primary six hit down the bottom is one thing that Rauf isn’t capable of comprehend even after a month. “I had no concept that he (Kohli) can hit me down the bottom off that size. So when he hit that shot off me, that’s his class. My plan and execution was high-quality however that shot was all class.”
Rauf’s plan was to present left-arm spinner Mohammed Nawaz no less than 20-run cushion for the final over however Kohli’s brilliance upset his plans. “Look, India required 31 off the final 12 balls. I had given away solely three runs off 4 deliveries. I knew Nawaz was bowling the final over, he’s a spinner and I had tried to go away no less than 4 huge boundaries for him and go away no less than greater than 20 runs,” stated Rauf.
“And since 28 have been required off final eight balls, I bowled three slower one and he was deceived. I had solely bowled one fast ball out of 4. So the thought was to bowl a slower one on that back-of-a-length zone because the dimensions of sq. boundary was larger.”
Rauf stated he has shared an excellent rapport with Kohli, having bowled to him on the India nets through the 2018-19 sequence when the final Take a look at was held on the SCG. “I used to be enjoying Grade 1 membership cricket in Sydney and I had bowled to the Indian crew. Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Ravi Shastri, they’ve all the time met me with lot of heat. Ravi Shastri, in truth, throughout World Cup instructed me that he was so blissful to see my success and transition.
“Kohli has additionally been very appreciative. He instructed me that you just bowled at our nets and now it’s good to see you do properly at worldwide degree.”
(with PTI inputs)