The camaraderie between Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli is quite well known with the two Indian cricket team stars sharing several light hearted moments on the field. One such incident happened during India’s practice session ahead of the Cricket World Cup 2023 match against Netherlands. Gill was doing jumping kicks to warm up but he ended up doing it very close to Kohli. The veteran batter, who was walking with his bat in his hand, was startled by the sudden movement but he found it funny and even threatened to jokingly hit Gill with his bat. The video of the incident has gone viral on social media.
Iyer (128 not out) and Rahul (102) put on 208 runs to guide India to 410-4.
India then employed nine bowlers, including part-timers Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, to dismiss the Dutch for 250 in the tournament’s concluding league match in Bengaluru.
The hosts will face New Zealand in the first semi-final in Mumbai on Wednesday followed by the second last-four clash between Australia and South Africa the next day in Kolkata.
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“We focused on one game. We are playing in (nine) different venues and play accordingly and that’s what we did,” Rohit said of the perfect league stage.
“Very pleased at how we’ve played in these nine games. Very clinical from game one to today.”
He added: “We are playing in India, there will be expectation. We wanted to do the job at hand. It’s one thing to talk about it but for everyone to buy into it is very important.”
Iyer smashed his first World Cup ton in a match where all the top-five Indian batsmen went past the fifty mark on a batting-friendly pitch.
He reached his hundred — his fourth in ODI cricket — off 84 balls. He ended with 10 fours and five sixes.
Bengaluru-born Rahul raced to his ton with two sixes for the fastest Indian hundred in World Cups off 62 balls.
He departed four balls later as India fell short of their highest ever World Cup total of 413-5 v Bermuda in 2007.
Kohli reached his half century but fell for 51, silencing the crowd who had been anticipating the star batsman’s 50th ODI ton after he equalled Sachin Tendulkar‘s record of 49 in the team’s previous win over South Africa.
Skipper Rohit, who hit 61, and Shubman Gill laid the foundations for the total in an opening stand of 100 with the pair hitting regular boundaries.
(With AFP inputs)
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