After Babar Azam’s side ended the Men in Blue’s winning streak against Pakistan in World Cup matches, Virat Kohli congratulated the Pakistan openers Azam and Mohammad Rizwan on their impressive knocks.
Pakistan beat India comfortably by 10 wickets in the T20 World Cup match on Sunday. After Babar Azam’s side ended the Men in Blue’s winning streak against Pakistan in World Cup matches, Indian skipper Virat Kohli showed exemplary sportsmanship as he congratulated the Pakistan openers Azam and Mohammad Rizwan on their impressive knocks.
Kohli was also seen hugging Rizwan, congratulating him for his superb unbeaten 79-run knock. The image of the scene went viral on social media and has garnered much appreciation as well, with Kohli’s gesture being applauded by fans on both sides.
Really loved the scenes at the end between Virat and Rizwan and Babar and thereafter between some of the younger Pakistan players and Dhoni. Beyond the hype and posturing, this is the true story of sport.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 24, 2021
kitni baar jeetogay dil kohli??? pic.twitter.com/mqLvQSDy7h
— Ali 🇵🇰 (@AleyFarooq_) October 24, 2021
The twitter account of the Pakistan Cricket Board also took notice of the gesture and called it "the spirit of cricket".
Several Internet users commented that the Indian captain congratulating the Pakistani players was the best moment of the whole match.
Others found Kohli’s gesture impressive and wondered how many times the Indian batsman will keep winning hearts through his sportsmanship.
Some found the gestures of mutual respect lovable and said that it was always nice to witness these gestures between the two teams.
True Spirit of Sports #Cricket #IndiaVsPak 🏏 pic.twitter.com/dyx0sIPbg6
— Azzam Ameen (@AzzamAmeen) October 24, 2021
The moment of the day.#INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/yvLhrrKJ5p
— Ahmer Khan (@ahmermkhan) October 24, 2021
Spirit of Cricket!! 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/pH6UfrRcKf
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 24, 2021
India's batting faltered against the opening spell of Shaheen Afridi but captain Kohli (57) ensured the team post a decent total of 151 in 20 overs. Rishabh Pant also contributed with a well made 39 but the Indian side could not achieve a total in the range of 170-175 runs which would have increased their chances of winning the match.
Pakistan openers reached the target without losing a wicket and with 13 balls to spare.
Kohli admitted that the Indian side was unable to “execute” its plans properly and added that “Pakistan outplayed us today,” with their brilliant bowling attack.
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