The Men in Blue handed Pakistan a five-wicket defeat. Although, nothing came riding on a silver platter for India.
Rohit Sharma and his men had to push hard until the very end to pull off a victory. Despite India’s win, there were a few negatives that the Indian management would point out to its players for them to improve.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli, who appeared in his 100th T20I match, looked in brilliant touch and scored 35 off 34 balls before giving away his wicket cheaply.
Notably, Rohit got dismissed in the 8th over and the situation demanded a sensible innings. However, to everyone’s surprise, Kohli followed Rohit’s footsteps and gave his wicket away in an unnecessary attempt to hit a six
Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, known for his straightforward demeanour, slammed Kohli for his shot selection and called it a ‘nothing shot.’
“I did not understand the need for the shot when your captain has just got out. Anyways, if he had an urge to hit a big shot, he at least should have backed his instincts properly. Because what he played was neither a big hit nor did he find the gap. It was a nothing shot,” said Gambhir.
Gambhir further added that the former Indian skipper would be disappointed with himself when he watches the replay.
“It’s good that a youngster didn’t play that shot. Otherwise, the media and experts would have slammed him with criticism.”
“If Kohli thought that he had scored 35 off 34 balls and let’s build the innings a little more, things would have been easier,” reckoned Gambhir.