[Watch] Journalist questions Rohit Sharma’s selection over Ishan Kishan; Virat Kohli gives witty reply

Dubai/Bhubaneswar: A journalist’s question regarding selection of Rohit Sharma over Ishan Kishan in Team India’s T20 World Cup match against Pakistan left skipper Virat Kohli baffled.

“My question is regarding the selection of the team. Ishan Kishan played very well in the warm-up match. Do you think that it’s a mistake… if Ishan Kishan could play and he could do better than Rohit Sharma?,” the journalist from Pakistan asked Kohli during the post-match press conference.

“That’s a very brave question. What do you think, sir? I played the team that I thought was the best. What is your opinion?,” replied Kohli.

“Will you drop Rohit Sharma from T20 international? Will you drop Rohit Sharma? Do you know what he did in the last game we played? Unbelievable (laughs),” said Kohli

“Sir, if you want controversy, please tell me before so I can answer accordingly,” he added.


Mohammad Rizwan (79 not out off 55 balls) and Babar Azam (68 not out off 52 balls) displayed wonderful batsmanship to help Pakistan crush India by ten wickets in a Group 2 match of Super 12 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup at the Dubai International Stadium here on Sunday. The win, set up by Shaheen Shah Afridi’s opening burst, also meant that Pakistan broke their hoodoo against India in men’s T20 World Cups.

Electing to bowl first, Pakistan restricted India to 151/7 in 20 overs with Afridi rattling the 2007 champions with a two-wicket burst. Skipper Virat Kohli struck a fighting fifty but India never recovered from the early setback and could not manage a big score. Their bowling was even more pedestrian as Pakistan chased down the score in 17.5 overs to seal and memorable victory.

Brief scores: India 151/7 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 57, Rishabh Pant 39, Shaheen Afridi 3/31, Hasan Ali 2/44) lost to Pakistan 152/0 in 17.5 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 79 not out, Babar Azam 68 not out) by ten wickets.

(with IANS inputs)

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