Virat Kohli, the former India captain expressed his camaraderie with the Pak captain Babar Azam. He also had spoken about other Pakistani players in the post-match conference on Sunday.
India however suffered a frustrating 5-wicket loss to their opponent Pakistan, despite Kohli getting a 50. However, the contest at the Dubai International Stadium was indeed a thrilling one. Thanks to crucial knocks Mohammad Rizwan’s crucial knock (71) and Mohammad Nawaz’s swashbuckling performance(42). The duo made 182 almost an easy chase at the end.
India and Pakistan has been a great contest in the international cricketing fraternity. Moreover, it’s the political tensions that make things more intense between the two countries. However, in recent days, players from both countries are seen to share good bonds with each other on the field. Well, off-field camaraderie has been great too! In the post-match conference after the Sunday match, Kohli disclosed such camaraderie between Babar and other Pak players.
Babar is a nice guy: Virat Kohli
In the post-match presentation, Kohli said,
“Babar is nice guy, we have had good conversations. Of course, he is much junior to me and about kingship and all I am not sure. But one thing is there he is always keen to learn so there is no surprise he is playing like this in all formats.’
Kohli further added,
“It is always nice meeting and in fact other [Pakistan players] as well. They are very friendly and we have mutual respect for each other. I have certainly realized they are competitive, but there is respect there as well.”
Meanwhile, in the Super 4 stage clash on Sunday, Kohli secured a glorious 60 runs against Pakistan. He hit 4 boundaries and an over the boundary. However, his amazing speed while running between the wickets caught the limelight.
Kohli touched his 50-run mark off the delivery from Mohammad Hasnain. Kohli sent the ball over deep mid-wicket for a marvelous six. However, his efforts were doomed as India failed to register a win.
Moreover, against Hong Kong, Kohli stood not out for 59 runs. He indeed had played a huge role in India’s victory in the group stage. However, Kohli seemed to be more steady on Sunday. His mindset was crystal clear- to target the right bowler at right time.
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