The famous words of English commentator Nasser Hussain, ‘Pakistan cricket at its best, one minute down, next minute up,’ are etched in the memory of every Pakistan cricket fan. Pakistan’s comprehensive 180-run win over archrivals India in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy is one of the highlights of Pakistan cricket history, but the story could have been very different if Mohammad Amir had not recreated his magic to dismiss Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli, India’s captain, is one of the greatest batters in modern cricket, and his record against Pakistan is unrivaled.
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While Pakistan managed to dismiss Rohit Sharma early in the innings, it was Kohli’s dismissal that would tip the scales in Pakistan’s favour. While Pakistan was on a high after posting a massive total and early wicket of Sharma, their hopes were dashed when Azhar Ali dropped Kohli’s catch at first slip.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) posted a video of an interview with Pakistan’s all-format captain, Babar Azam, and limited-overs vice-captain, Shadab Khan, in which they discussed their reactions to Kohli’s dropped catch.
Babar admitted that he was speechless after the catch was dropped, and the entire team was concerned about what would happen next. He stated that there were so many thoughts racing through his mind at the time that he couldn’t describe how he felt.
Shadab expressed concern that Kohli, who has a fantastic record and is a world-class batter, would respond. Shadab admitted that when he took Kohli’s catch on the next ball, he didn’t see the ball at all and it just stuck to his hand.