Ravi Shastri on Virat Kohli’s Sixes Off Haris Rauf 2022 In the T20 World Cup opener against India on Sunday against Pakistan, Virat Kohli was a man on a mission. After months of speculation and question marks over his form, Kohli picked up where he left off at the Asian Cup, recording an 82* fine and almost single-handedly leading Rohit Sharma’s side to a four-wicket victory over their biggest rivals. In pursuit of 160, the equation saw him drop from 8 balls to 28 runs and Hardik Pandya has failed to find the center of his racquet. Kohli went on strike and faced a dangerous Harris Rauf. Then in the final of 19 overs, he hit 6 on two balls.
Haris Rauf rolled slowly on the fifth ball of the 19th, but Kohli backed up and slammed the ball as hard as possible to the floor. A slower short ball hit him straight as he was six.
India’s former coach Ravi Shastri has lauded the two best performances he has achieved.
In an interview with the Indian Express, Shastri said, “In all the years I’ve played and watched India v Pakistan, Harris Rauf’s sixes are his two of the best shots an Indian hitter has played. The only comparison is Sachin Tendulkar‘s 6 against Shoaib Akhtar in the 2003 World Cup Centurion. Tendulkar’s shot was white-balled against Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shoaib Akhtar he had some of the finer shots played in cricket. And this cabbage knocks. These two of his are the biggest shots I’ve seen in quality fast bowling broken down.”
Virat Kohli was named ‘Most Valuable Player for his performance.