"Had no idea that he can hit"- Haris Rauf recalls Virat Kohli's two incredible sixes in IND-PAK T20 World Cup thriller
The game between India and Pakistan on October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was regarded as one of the best games ever played in the format. And it was the heroics of former Indian captain Virat Kohli that snatched victory from Pakistan's grasp.
India scripted a historic 4-wicket win over archrivals Pakistan, and Virat Kohli played arguably the best innings of his T20 career. He finished unbeaten on 82 off 53 balls with six boundaries and four maximums to seal India's grand slam victory.
It was Pakistan who were dominating the game, and the equation was impossible when India needed 28 runs off just 8 balls. But then, Virat played certainly his best shot of recent times off Haris Rauf for consecutive sixes, which brought India back into the chase.
The straight six off the fifth ball of the 19th over was also regarded as the "best T20I shot in the game" by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Even Haris himself was left speechless by the way Virat timed that shot over the long-off boundary with an almost straight bat.
In his latest interview, Haris claimed that it was a remarkable shot. He said, "The way he [Kohli] played in the World Cup, that is his class, we all know the types of shots he plays. And the way he hit those sixes, I don’t think any other player can hit a shot like that off my bowling."
Haris also stated that if it had been Dinesh Karthik or Hardik Pandya who had hit those shots, that would have been more hurtful, but because it came from Virat's bat, that was totally classy. After those two sixes, India needed 16 off the last over, and they won off the last over.
Furthermore, Haris also spoke about his plan during that time. He said that he bowled three slower deliveries earlier in the over, but Virat couldn't pick them, so he decided to bowl a back-of-the-length slower ball because it was a big straight boundary.
He concluded, "I had no idea that he can hit me down the ground off that length. So when he hit that shot off me, that’s his class. My plan and execution was fine but that shot was all class."