Virat Kohli gifted his signed jersey to Pakistan captain Babar Azam after India beat Pakistan by 7 wickets. Rohit Sharma played a sublime innings of 86 as India cruised to the 192-run target set by Pakistan. Babar Azam and Virat Kohli are great admirers of each other. When Virat Kohli was going through a lean patch, Babar Azam extended his support to Kohli on social media. ‘This too Shall Pass,’ Babar had written. Virat Kohli too has shown his admiration for Babar Azam every now and then. The two modern-day greats have utmost respect for each other.
Meanwhile, it was not a great day for the Pakistan cricket team as they were humbled by an on-song Men in Blue. Babar Azam (50) top-scored for Pakistan and added 82 runs for the third wicket with Mohammad Rizwan (49), however, there was not much to talk about Pakistan other than the partnership. The Men in Green crumbled to pressure and lost eight wickets for 36 runs to get bowled out for a mere 191.
Babar reflected on the defeat and said that they were looking to post a score of 280-290 but the collapse pegged them back.
“We started well. Good partnership between me and Imam. We wanted to play normal cricket (me and Rizwan). Suddenly we had a collapse and didn’t finish well. The way we started, wanted to target 280-290. With the new ball we are not upto the mark. The way Rohit is playing – he played an outstanding innings,” said Babar Azam.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma, on the other hand, credited the bowlers for the win.
“The bowlers were the ones today as well who set the game up for us. I don’t think it was a 190 pitch. At one stage we were looking at 280. The way they showed grit says a lot. That is something we pride ourselves in. Whoever gets the ball does the job. We’ve got 6 individuals who can do the job with the ball. My job as a captain is important there as well. It’s to read the conditions and figure out who’s the right guy to do the job. It’s only because the guys – before entering the WC – they got a lot of runs. We were very clear what we wanted to do. Didn’t want to be in two minds about who’s going to bat where. All in all, it’s looking good. Want to keep my fingers crossed. Don’t want to get too excited. Don’t want to get too low as well. Want to stay balanced. Keep calm and keep moving forward. Every opposition we come up against are all quality. You have to play well on that particular day, and that’s what we’re looking at,” said Rohit at the post-match presentation.