India’s Virat Kohli picked his maiden wicket in the World Cup recently, leading to a million-dollar reaction from his wife, Anushka Sharma.
Virat Kohli picked his maiden wicket in World Cup history in India’s match against the Netherlands during the weekend, leading to a million-dollar reaction from actress wife Anushka Sharma.
Much to the surprise and delight of the spectators at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Rohit Sharma handed the ball to Virat Kohli, who did not disappoint his captain as he picked up the wicket of Scott Edwards in the 25th over.
Virat Kohli, described as an in-swinging menace by India head coach Rahul Dravid, delivered a ball that swung late and slightly drifted down the leg side, and Scott Edwards got the faintest of edges before KL Rahul did the rest.
The wicket resulted in wild celebrations from Team India players on the field. But it was Anushka Sharma’s reaction that took the internet by storm.
As everyone laughed, Anushka Sharma joined in the celebrations.
Alongside other WAGs of Indian cricketers, Anushka Sharma burst into laughter, showing her happiness at Virat Kohli’s rare wicket in international cricket.
After Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma introduced Shubman Gill and Suryakumar Yadav into the attack before bringing himself to bowl an over later in the Netherlands essay.
In the end, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli finished with a wicket each. But Rohit Sharma needed five balls to send a Netherlands batter back to the pavilion, while Virat Kohli’s figures read 1/13 as the match concluded.
The fans of the two cricketers took these stats as a marker and opined that one player was better than the other.
Rohit Sharma’s decision to try four players as bowlers created an intense buzz on social media and among cricket pundits.
Rohit Sharma, who has set the template for India’s victories through his aggressive brand of cricket, was again at his explosive best against the Netherlands at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium as he smashed a quickfire 61 off 54 balls.
During his whirlwind knock, Rohit Sharma struck eight boundaries and two sixes.
His twin maximums gave him two mega milestones. The Nagpur-born cricketer has now hit 60 sixes in 2023, the most in a calendar year.
Previously the record for smoking the most sixes in a calendar year was held by South African legend and Virat Kohli’s former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammate AB de Villiers, whose tally read 58 in 2015.
Furthermore, Rohit Sharma overtook England’s 2019 Cricket World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan as the captain to hit the most sixes in a single edition of the ICC World Cup.
In 2019, Eoin Morgan registered 22 sixes, while Rohit Sharma has already recorded 24 maximums in this year’s World Cup.
Unlike Rohit Sharma, who made runs at a strike rate of over a hundred, Virat Kohli was slow during his innings, scoring at 91.
Rohit Sharma’s admirers claimed that these stats showed that Virat Kohli was playing for personal milestones while the former remained focused on winning the World Cup for India.
Speaking about India vs the Netherlands encounter, Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bat first, and from start to finish, it became a Team India show with the bat as all their top five batters got half-centuries in the innings.
If Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill stitched a 100-run partnership for the first wicket in less than 12 overs, with the two openers making 61 off 54 and 51 off 32 balls, respectively, Virat Kohli followed them with yet another fifty in the 2023 Cricket World Cup.
However, the real fireworks only after Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul joined each other in the middle. While the former bulldozed his way through to a sensational 128* off 94 deliveries, the latter raced through to the fastest hundred by an Indian in World Cup history.