2011 Cricket World Cup final: Virat Kohli’s sensational revelation to Aamir Khan
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2011 Cricket World Cup final: Virat Kohli’s sensational revelation to Aamir Khan

Virat Kohli recently opened up to Bollywood actor Aamir Khan on his fear of facing Lasith Malinga’s yorkers during the 2011 Cricket World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

cricket Updated: Oct 04, 2017 18:57 IST
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HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood actor Aamir Khan have come together for a TV show, expected to be telecast during this year’s Diwali. Kohli has said he was ‘scared’ of Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga in the 2011 Cricket World Cup final in Mumbai.(Twitter )

Virat Kohli might perhaps have been counted last in the Indian batting line-up of 2011 Cricket World Cup when it came to crisis management.

After all, the Indian cricket team’s batting line up for that tournament included Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, MS Dhoni and an in-form Yuvraj Singh.

However, when Lasith Malinga claimed two big wickets in the final of the tournament in Mumbai, it was Virat Kohli who found himself with the responsibility to resurrect India’s faltering chase.

Virat Kohli walked in to bat when the Wankhede Stadium was already shell-shocked by Tendulkar’s dismissal which had India tottering at 31 for two.

The Men in Blue had already lost Virender Sehwag on the second ball of their chase and the wicket of Tendulkar was a massive setback.

But Kohli, who has developed a reputation of being one of the best batsmen during a run-chase, joined forces with Gambhir to steer India out of trouble, putting his side on the path to victory again.

Virat Kohli might have only scored 35 runs that night, but those runs were invaluable for both the team and the fans.

And Kohli recently gave some insight about his state mind when he walked out to bat with his team in a precarious position, stating that the one major concern he had when he took guard was the prospect of facing Lasith Malinga’s yorkers.

“Mujhe darr lag raha tha Malinga yorker nahi daale (I was afraid of facing Lasith Malinga’s yorker). Already I was nervous! But after 2-3 balls, I settled down,” Kohli said to Bollywood actor Aamir Khan while shooting for an upcoming TV show.

Virat Kohli added 83 runs with Gambhir before a top edge off Tillakaratne Dilshan’s bowling ended his innings, but that partnership was crucial for India.

Virat Kohli and Aamir Khan have come together for a TV show expected to be telecast during Diwali and the Indian captain will be seen talking on various topics, including his girlfriend Anushka Sharma.

Kohli has revealed that the only thing about Anushka that he does not like is that she is tad late always. “I love that she’s honest and always caring. I don’t hate but one thing I dislike is that she’s always 5-7 minutes late.

“She’s been with me throughout and we have a great understanding. She’s improved me as a person in last 3-4 years that we’ve been together,” he said.

First Published: Oct 04, 2017 17:07 IST