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Pandya hurt, Kohli to the rescue! Cheers, memes follow as Virat Kohli bowls in an ODI after 6 years

India vs Bangladesh: The fans at the MCA Stadium cheered as Virat Kohli bowled the remaining deliveries in the over Virat Kohli rolled his arm over to complete the over, giving away just two runs in three deliveries.

India's Virat Kohli bowls during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and Bangladesh, at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, in Pune (PTI)Premium
India's Virat Kohli bowls during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and Bangladesh, at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, in Pune (PTI)

Hardik Pandya hobbled off the field with a suspected ankle injury in the Cricket World Cup game against Bangladesh. Pandya tried to bowl his over but was unable to do so and left the field after consulting skipper Rohit Sharma.

The fans at the MCA Stadium cheered as Virat Kohli bowled the remaining deliveries in the over Virat Kohli rolled his arm over to complete the over, giving away just two runs in three deliveries. It was for the first time in six years that Virat Kohli bowled in a One Day International game. Virat Kohli last bowled in an ODI game in 2017 against Sri Lanka.

Here are some of the reactions from social media:

Also Read: India vs Bangladesh: Hardik Pandya leaves field after twisting ankle | Watch

Earlier, while attempting to stop the second four, Hardik Pandya tried to use his right leg to stop the ball but slipped and twisted his ankle. He appeared to be in pain and got some treatment on his left leg and his ankle was taped. Pandya had a small practice run but did not look good and had to be taken off the field.

Star batter Virat Kohli, who normally rarely bowls no matter what format, completed the rest of the over for Pandya.

Hardik's fitness is extremely crucial for India's World Cup chances because as a pace-bowling all-rounder, he helps the pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami/Shardul Thakur with some overs of his own and gets crucial wickets too. With the bat, Pandya at number six is capable of anchoring the innings and doing some power-hitting, depending on the situation.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) updated the fans later about Pandya through their X (formerly Twitter) account.

"Hardik Pandya's injury is being assessed at the moment and he is being taken for scans," tweeted BCCI.

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Published: 19 Oct 2023, 04:25 PM IST
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