Former Pakistani Danish batsman Kaneria has compared Virat Kohli’s six against Haris Rauf in the 2022 T20 World Cup match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, October 23, to Javed Miandad’s legendary big hit against Chetan Sharma.
Kohli (82* out of 53) played a spectacular shot in the India-Pakistan Super 12 match to lead India to victory from behind. Chasing 160, the Men in Blue needed 31 of 12 balls. Kohli sent the last two balls from pacer Rauf’s penultimate for six to turn the momentum of the match.
The first maximum was crushed on the ground, and the second on a thin leg. Hailing the Indian hitter, Kaneria compared Kohli’s second hit to Miandad’s signature six against Chetan Sharma in the 1986 Austral-Asia Cup final in Sharjah. Speaking on his YouTube channel, he commented:
“I remember when Miandad hit that six against Chetan Sharma, he was standing right in front of his crease. He knew the yorker was coming and converted it into a full pitch. Kohli also knew a yorker was going to be thrown. So he planned accordingly and hit that six.
After failing to stop Kohli with a hardball on the penultimate delivery, Rauf tried to make a fuller one. However, Kohli got ahead of the bowler’s move and threw the delivery on a thin leg.
Speaking of Miandad’s six, he adjusted his stance to convert a possible Sharma yorker into a full pitch and lift Pakistan to a sensational last-ball win.
‘He gave them a jaw-dropping response’ – Denmark’s Kaneria hits out at Virat Kohli critics
While praising Kohli, Kaneria also slammed those who criticized the former India captain for his poor form over the past few months. The former Pakistani said:
“Everyone who had wronged and criticized Kohli, he gave them a jaw-dropping response. He single-handedly won the match with his outstanding stroke. He pulled victory from the jaws of defeat. He will always be remembered by this round. I have never seen a better round from Kohli. Nobody thought that India could win this game but Kohli and Hardik Pandya believed in it.
Ready to chase 160, India lost four wickets in the seventh. However, Kohli and Hardik Pandya (40 from 37) added 113 for the fifth wicket to lift India’s hopes. The Men in Blue finally made it home with the last ball.