DHARAMSHALA: During India’s group stage match against New Zealand in Dharamsala on Sunday, October 22, a notable incident unfolded when India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, and senior batter Virat Kohli engaged in a lively conversation on the field.
This exchange occurred during the break between the 31st and 32nd over, a phase when New Zealand was gaining a firm grip on the proceedings at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.
New Zealand’s batters, Daryl Mitchell and Rachin Ravindra, were in full command on the day, establishing a remarkable partnership of 159 runs off just 152 balls. Their collaboration came after New Zealand had encountered the loss of two quick wickets during the initial powerplay of the match.
Mitchell and Ravindra aggressively took on the Indian bowling attack, particularly targeting the spinners, and helped stabilize the New Zealand innings in the middle overs. During this crucial partnership, Virat Kohli was spotted conversing with Rohit Sharma, gesturing changes in the field.
It appeared that Sharma was inclined to stick to the existing game plan and see it through in the middle. Following the discussion between these two senior players, India soon managed to secure the wicket of Rachin Ravindra.
Mohammed Shami dismissed him in the 34th over as Ravindra, attempting to clear the boundary with an off-cutter, found a fielder at long on, ultimately departing after a well-crafted 75 off 87 balls.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami’s five-wicket haul in the match played a significant role in limiting New Zealand to a total of 273 runs in their allotted 50 overs. Daryl Mitchell, with a remarkable half-century, stood out with the bat for New Zealand, aiding them in posting a competitive total.