Indian cricket superstar Virat Kohli had a memorable outing on Sunday, during India’s clash with New Zealand in Match 21 of the ODI World Cup 2023 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium in Dharamsala. Kohli’s remarkable performance played a significant role in India’s four-wicket victory over the Black Caps.
Kohli’s match-winning knock
New Zealand set a formidable target of 274 runs for India to chase. Kohli rose to the occasion, scoring an impressive 95 runs from 104 balls. His remarkable innings not only anchored the Men in Blue but also led them to a hard-fought win. This victory elevated India to the top of the points table in the ongoing World Cup.
Gautam Gambhir’s praise for Virat Kohli’s batting skills
Following the thrilling encounter, former India opener Gautam Gambhir showered praise on Kohli, commending him for playing a match-winning knock. Gambhir challenged the conventional notion that finishers are confined to the lower-order batter. Instead, he suggested that anyone who plays a decisive role in concluding the game should be acknowledged as a finisher.
“I have never understood why the finisher’s tag is given only to Nos. 5 to 7. An opener can also be a finisher. A No. 11 can also be a finisher. This has just been created by the media,” Gambhir remarked during an interview with Star Sports.
Gautam Gambhir explains why Virat Kohli is a finisher
Gambhir emphasized Kohli’s remarkable ability to win matches for India, making a strong case for labeling him as a finisher. He argued that with the number of games Kohli has won for his country, there can be no better finisher in the team.
“There was probably no finisher 10 years ago. There can’t be a better finisher than Virat Kohli because of the number of games he has won. So don’t call only the Nos. 5, 6, and 7 as finishers. Whoever scores the last run is a finisher,” Gambhir concluded.