India’s former skipper, Virat Kohli returned to form with a scintillating half-century against Hong Kong on Wednesday. Coming in at the number three, Kohli scored an unbeaten half-century and announced his comeback on the big stage.
On a deck that isn’t too easy to bat on, Kohli mixed caution with aggression and went on to score his 31st half-century. India finished their innings at 192 for 2 and Virat Kohli stayed unbeaten on 59 off 44 deliveries. His knock was laced with 1 four and 3 sixes.
The Indian veteran is enduring a lean patch in his international cricket career. He hasn’t scored a hundred for more than 1000 days now. However, his innings against Hong Kong would have given him a lot of confidence. The fans would expect him that this would be the knock that would help him return to his prime form.
The fans are delighted to watch Kohli scoring a half-century after a long time. Here’s a look at some of the reactions from them regarding the same.
Out of form virat kohli, leading run scorer of the tournament, you just can't write him off even in his worst years
— s (@_sectumsempra18) August 31, 2022
King is back ?
Virat Kohli 50 ? pic.twitter.com/xWhcWPatDs
— Suresh ? (@suresh_saini18) August 31, 2022
This is why Virat Kohli is the poster boy in cricketing globe even when he is not at his fluent best. King Supremacy???.
— Bhawana (@bhawnakohli5) August 31, 2022
Virat Kohli looking goooooooddddd. #INDvsHK
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 31, 2022
Half century for @imVkohli. Not his most fluent, came against minnows Hong Kong, but in the context of his travails, so, so important!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 31, 2022
VIRAT KOHLI THAT’S ATROCIOUS!!!! 6???
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) August 31, 2022
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) August 31, 2022
— druvathma | ????????? (@druvathma) August 31, 2022
— KRISHNA? (@KrishnaVK_18) August 31, 2022
— @familymemer_ (@Nitin_KohLi_) August 31, 2022
HALF CENTURY FOR VIRAT KOHLI ???? pic.twitter.com/3KnaM6irg3
— Kaya – India won ? (@kayaaaaa00) August 31, 2022
Meanwhile, India have managed to score 192 runs at the end of the first innings against Hong Kong. While Virat Kohli scored a half-century, it was Suryakumar Yadav, who stole the night with the bat. He came into bat at number four and went after the bowlers right from the onset.
The Mumbai batter went on to score a sensational knock of 68 runs in just 26 balls, a knock which was laced with 6 fours and as many sixes. He scored those runs at an unbelievable strike rate of 261.54. India will seal their place in the top-four if they manage to win the game against Hong Kong. It will be interesting to see how the bowlers fare against minnows.