T20 WC 2022: Kohli’s 82* against Pakistan & Surya’s 68 versus SA among Top 5 bravest innings
T20 World Cup 2022: Virat Kohli’s 82* against Pakistan & Suryakumar Yadav’s 68 versus South Africa among the Top five bravest innings played in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 so far.
The Super 12 stage of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia concluded on November 6 with the game between India and Zimbabwe in Melbourne, and in the 42 games so far including the first round, the spectators have been witness to some splendid and brave knocks that have made a huge impact during the course of the tournament.
The bravest innings out of these splendid ones have come when the respective teams were put under tremendous pressure and the players thanks to their unbelievable self-belief have carried the team on their lone shoulders.
To put things in a certain and easy manner, let’s take a look at the top five of the bravest innings played in the T20 World Cup 2022 so far.
1. IND vs PAK, MCG: A Kohli masterclass in Melbourne shook millions of fans from slumber
The stage was set - India were playing their first game of T20 World Cup 2022, and that too against arch-rivals Pakistan and to make the atmosphere more special, they had almost one lakh fans from both countries chanting the players’ names.
Put in to bat first, Pakistan set India a target of 160 to chase. And not long into the chase. The Pakistan bowlers blew away India’s top-order to reduce the latter to 31/4 in the seventh over, as Hardik Pandya joined Virat Kohli who was on 5 in 9 balls at that moment. Till the 11th over, the duo somehow took India’s score to 54/4, before Pandya decided to break jail with couple of huge sixes. Kohli too joined the party with a six flamed over long-on against Mohammad Nawaz.
Even after couple of more boundaries - one against Shaheen Shah Afridi glanced past the short fine fielder and the other one smacked off Shadab Khan over the deep cover region - Kohli was still struggling with timing as he reached 46 in 42 balls.
Cut to the end of the 17th over of the second innings of Match 16, the equation raised up to 48 needed by India in the last three overs which were expected to be bowled by the two express pacers – Afridi & Haris Rauf - and spinner Nawaz.
The first ball of the 18th over bowled by Afridi was pulled to the right of deep mid-wicket for a boundary, before lifting the third ball over extra-cover for the same result; Kohli pulled the last ball over short fine for the third boundary of the over. Meanwhile, Kohli reached his fourth fifty against Pakistan in T20 WCs.
Haris Rauf bowled the next over and gave away just three runs in his first four balls, before experiencing Koh