The crowd’s favorite Virat Kohli took the field for the first time in 14 months for the Indian team in T20I format. The batter was part of the XI for the recently concluded second T20I against Afghanistan at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.
Virat Kohli, who missed the first game in Punjab due to personal reasons, was back for the team and all the Indore stadium saw was “Kohli Kohli” chants. All the people were excited to see him play and he was electric on the field.
The love for Virat Kohli was so much in the stadium that one die-hard fan of him breached the security to meet him. The spectator enters the ground from the Narendra Hirwani Stadium gate by climbing the fence.
As soon as he entered the ground, he rushed straightway to hug Virat Kohli, who also hugged the fan. The spectator was detained by the police immediately and was taken off the ground.
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As per the police, the young boy, who breached the security was a die-hard Virat Kohli fan. The cricket lover then was detained by the police and taken to Tukoganj police station. What caught the attention of many was when police took him, batter told officials to not go hard at him.
Virat Kohli had a decent outing in his comeback match as he played a brutal innings and made sure that he helped his team win. He came out with the attacking mindset right from the start and took bowlers to the cleaners.
Virat Kohli ended with the knock of 29 runs off 16 balls and it was a powerful innings from him. He only looked to attack and batted with a strike rate of over 181 and also smashed 5 boundaries in his innings. His knock came at a crucial time when India lost skipper Rohit Sharma for a duck in the first over.
IND vs AFG: This is akin to Cristiano Ronaldo coming back to Man United – Saba Karim on Virat Kohli returning to T20Is
Former Indian cricketer Saba Karim, who was part of the commentary panel for the India vs Afghanistan series, reacted to Virat Kohli returning to T20I format after 14 long months. He correlated this to Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United. Speaking on Jio Cinema, he stated:
“This is akin to Cristiano Ronaldo coming back to Man United. The prodigal son returns, isn’t it? That’s something like, what Virat has done now for 14 months. That’s a long time.”
Coming to the second T20I match between India and Afghanistan, after Virat Kohli got out, Shivam Dube (63*) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (68) entertained the crowd with the brutal power-hitting. They added 92 runs for the partnership in no time and made the bowlers look clueless. They sealed the game for the team with 26 balls to spare as they chased the target in 15.4 overs. India took an unassailable lead of 2-0 lead in the series. They will be next seen in action when the final match will be played on 17th January in Bengaluru.