Virat Kohli was seen rolling his arms in the warm-up game against Australia as India’s hunt for the sixth bowling option continues ahead of the T20 World Cup. The incumbent captain bowled some gentle medium pace to give a sneak peek into the past.
Kohli was introduced into the attack by Rohit Sharma in the seventh over. He bowled some good lines to concede only four runs against the likes of Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell. Virat Kohli came back in the 13th over and gave away eight runs.
He chipped in with two crucial overs and returned with figures of 0/12. Meanwhile, the fans went gaga as soon as Rohit handed the ball over to Virat Kohli. It was a sight to watch for the Virat Kohli fans.
Watch some of the reactions:
— Nitin. (@Nitinx18) October 20, 2021
"Bowler" Kohli asking for tips from "Captain" Rohit. pic.twitter.com/0ddFl4PLWQ
— ᴍᴏʜɪᴛ𝟒𝟓 (@MohitRohitian) October 20, 2021
Bumrah to Kohli in the mid-innings break: pic.twitter.com/lAinn7vIZO
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) October 20, 2021
Recently Kohli as a batsman played as per Academy standards but he was unable to visit academy so he started Bowling
Binny sir loved this enthusiasm
— Academy of Allrounders (@Allrndrs_acadmy) October 20, 2021
Just 4 runs off the over and swing also, don't think there's a better 6th bowling option we have
— Prasen Moudgal (@Prasen_m4299) October 20, 2021
Virat Kohli just went for 12 runs from 2 overs in the Warm-up match against Australia.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 20, 2021
Stop mocking Kohli's bowling y'all. When the last T20 World Cup ended, Kohli was ranked the 15th best all-rounder in T20Is
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) October 20, 2021
Albie Morkel at home seeing that over from Kohli.. pic.twitter.com/UwCVbw6TdE
— SMM (@Shhy10) October 20, 2021
This wide line tactic is a good idea for Kohli, surely with his action convincing people to leave it alone
— Prashanth S (@ps_it_is) October 20, 2021
Virat Kohli is bowling to Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell. This is peak cricket.
— Harsh(old id s worded) (@VintageVirat) October 20, 2021
Meanwhile, Australia recovered well from 11/3 to post 152 runs n the board. Glenn Maxwell continued his IPL role and provided an impetus to the innings in the middle overs before Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis spent some quality time in the middle and added a 76-run stand.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a good outing after being hammered for 54 runs against England alongside Ravichandran Ashwin, who picked up two crucial wickets.
Hardik Pandya still going to take some time – Rohit Sharma
As the speculation continue to rife over Hardik Pandya resuming bowling, Rohit Sharma asserted that he will take some more time to resume bowling. Speaking at the toss, Rohit said:
“Hardik is coming along pretty well but he’s still going to take some time. He hasn’t bowled much. When you play this kind of a tournament, you need to be a 100%. He’s getting there. He’s not started bowling yet but in the next few days he starts bowling and he should be ready when the World Cup starts.”
India will begin their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday (October 24).
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