'Jaan nikaalta hai vo bowler ki. I was scared': PAK pacer snubs Kohli, Dhoni to pick toughest wicket vs India in 2015 WC

Feb 05, 2023 09:16 AM IST

The Pakistan pacer picked a five-wicket haul against India in the 2015 World Cup match. However, for the bowler, neither Kohli nor then skipper MS Dhoni, were his toughest dismissals.

Virat Kohli enjoys an excellent record against Pakistan, especially on the biggest stage. Although Kohli is among the few active players to have been part of the last Indian squad that had played a bilateral series against Pakistan, some of his best knocks against the arch-rivals have been in World Cups and Asia Cup meetings. One of those came in the 2015 World Cup where he had scored 107 in India's 76-run win the group-stage match. Pakistan did have their chances with fast bowler Sohail Khan picking five wickets, including that of Kohli. However, for the bowler, neither Kohli nor then-skipper MS Dhoni were his toughest dismissals.

Virat Kohli; MS Dhoni
Virat Kohli; MS Dhoni

Having played for Pakistan between 2008 and 2016, his 5 for 55 against India remains his best ever performance in a 13-match ODI career. It included the dismissals of some of the top batters of that period - Dhoni, Suresh Raina, an in-form Kohli. But for Sohail, it was Rohit Sharma's dismissal, which he admitted was the toughest.

Speaking on Nadir Ali's YouTube channel, the right-arm bowler admitted that because of Rohit's ability to play the ball late and him being a technically-sound batter, he was scared to bowl against him. He recalled having felt that if Rohit manages to survive his new-ball spell, he could have ended scoring a double century.

ALSO READ: Axar or Kuldeep? Former India selectors end debate for third spinner against Australia with 'straightforward choice'

Rohit was eventually dismissed in the eighth over by Sohail for just 15 off 20.

“My plan was that, because I bowl with the new ball and the first batter that came to crease was Rohit Sharma, if I can dismiss him...because he plays the shots very late and is very technical. Jaan churana nehi, jaan nikalta hai woh bowler ki (He wasn't the kind of batter who gets rid of bowlers but rather saps the bowler's life out) . He has all the time in the world. Even if you bowl at 150kmph, he will still hit you for a six in the same fashion as he would do against a 120kmph delivery. He was the only player who I was scared of. If he manages to stay, he won't score a century, he will go for a 200. Good, I dismissed if then itself,” he said.

In response to India's target of 301, Pakistan folded for just 224 with Mohammed Shami picking a four-fer.

Catch all the Latest Cricket News and Live score along with WPL 2023, IPL 2023 and IPL schedule related updates on Hindustan Times

    At HT Sports Desk, passionate reporters work round the clock to provide detailed updates from the world of sports. Expect nuanced match reports, previews,reviews, technical analysis based on statistics, the latest social media trends, expert opinions on cricket, football, tennis, badminton, hockey,motorsports, wrestling, boxing, shooting, athletics and much more.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
My Offers
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, March 26, 2023
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Register Free and get Exciting Deals