In a high-stakes Cricket World Cup 2023 encounter between India and Australia, a top-edge from Virat Kohli left fans and players alike on the edge of their seats. The match unfolded at the MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk) in Chennai, with India chasing a target of 200 runs set by Australia.
India’s innings got off to a nightmarish start as they found themselves at a dismal 2 for 3, with the top order crumbling under the pace onslaught from the Australian duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Captain Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Shreyas Iyer were all dismissed for ducks, leaving India in a precarious situation.
Virat Kohli, however, stood tall amidst the chaos and, along with KL Rahul, began to resurrect the innings. The partnership between Kohli and Rahul was nothing short of remarkable, stretching to a crucial 165 runs. But it was during this partnership that a moment of tension arose.
Kohli, with just 12 runs to his name at the time, attempted to hook a bouncer from Josh Hazlewood into the mid-wicket stands. However, he got a top-edge, sending the ball soaring into the night sky. For a moment, it seemed as though Australia had secured their much-needed breakthrough, as the ball hung in the air, tantalizingly close to a fielder.
Mitchell Marsh, stationed at square leg, made a desperate attempt to catch the swirling delivery. With wicketkeeper Alex Carey also eyeing the catch, it appeared to be a tricky situation. To the collective relief of Indian fans, Marsh couldn’t hold on to the catch, and the ball safely landed on the field. The Chepauk stadium erupted in a mix of sighs of relief and cheers for Kohli.
This drop proved to be a turning point in the match, as Virat Kohli capitalized on the opportunity, going on to score a brilliant 85 runs. His innings, combined with KL Rahul’s unbeaten 97, steered India to a memorable 6-wicket victory with 52 balls to spare.
Ashwin talks about the dropped catch
Ravichandran Ashwin, who had a front-row seat to the heart-stopping moment from the dressing room, later revealed his emotions. Ashwin said, “When I saw Virat Kohli’s ball go up in the air, I ran outside the dressing room. I literally ran all the way outside. I didn’t know what to do. I was like ‘just wake me up when it’s all over.’ It was that sort of a feeling.”
This thrilling encounter not only showcased the brilliance of Virat Kohli but also the resilience of the Indian team, who overcame adversity to secure a crucial victory in their World Cup campaign. India will now look to build on this momentum as they face Afghanistan in their next match.