India defeated Afghanistan by 8 wickets in the team’s second World Cup match at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday. The match saw several record-breaking moments and epic scenes that made it unforgettable. Here are 10 of our favourite moments from the exciting match:
1. Hardik Pandya, the birthday boy’s aggressive celebration upon taking an important wicket for India
There came a moment during Afghanistan’s innings when Azmatullah Omarzai and Hashmatullah Shahidi formed a strong partnership of 121 runs against India. The tides were turning in Afghanistan’s favour, and we really needed to take a wicket. This is when Hardik Pandya jumped to the occasion and dismissed Omarzai in the 35th over. He let out an aggressive roar as the ball dismantled his off-stump.
2. Kuldeep Yadav’s dramatic catch that we almost lost
WHAT A CATCH BY KULDEEP YADAV.— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) October 11, 2023
Incredible, Kuldeep. pic.twitter.com/MEyOLCyW82
A catch that looked relatively simple at the start became scary for a fleeting moment for Indian fans. During the 48th over, when Jasprit Bumrah bowled Rashid Khan, the ball soared in the air towards Kuldeep Yadav, who fumbled with the catch. He eventually managed to hold the ball and sighed a breath of relief. It was an exceptional catch!
3. Jasprit Bumrah standout bowling on a pitch that favours batters
Jasprit Bumrah did an exceptional bowling for a pitch that is often dubbed as the ‘batter’s paradise’. He managed to take 4 wickets and allowed only 39 runs, thereby limiting Afghanistan’s runs to 272.
4. Of course, our captain’s record-breaking century
Rohit Sharma today:— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 11, 2023
– Most World Cup hundreds.
– Most ICC events hundreds for India.
– Fastest World Cup century by an Indian.
– Most international sixes.
– Most sixes in WC for India.
– 3rd most ODI centuries.
– 2nd Most sixes in ICC events.
– HE IS THE RECORD BREAKER…!!! pic.twitter.com/AwrOQv1qTJ
Team India’s captain Rohit Sharma smashed his 7th World Cup century, which was also his fastest century ever, in the match against Afghanistan. He scored 100 in 63 balls and went on to collect 131 runs for India.
5. Rohit Sharma breaking Chris Gayle’s record for the most sixes in International Cricket
Rohit Sharma has played 326 innings as an opener till date, Sixes after 326 innings :— David. (@CricketFreakD3) October 11, 2023
Chris Gayle – 223
Rohit Sharma – 481 🤯🤯🤯
Gayle was good but ROHIT THE GOAT OF SIX HITTING. pic.twitter.com/XgfEkJmty1
After getting out for a duck in India’s World Cup first match against Australia, Rohit Sharma entered the pitch on Wednesday to rule. The man delivered back-to-back sixes and fours and smashed a 100 in almost no time. He also broke Chris Gayle’s record for maximum sixes. Gayle had recorded 553 sixes in 483 matches. Yesterday, Sharma registered 555 sixes in 453 matches and claimed the title to his name.
6. Virat Kohli entering his home ground
Chants of 'Kohli, Kohli' ringing across the Arun Jaitley Stadium when Kohli came out to bat. The reception he got while he walked out to bat was also spectacular and almost goosebumps inducing— 𝘾𝙍𝙄𝘾𝙆𝙀𝙏 𝘾𝙍𝘼𝙕𝙔 𝘼𝘿𝙄𝙏𝙔𝘼 🏏 (@imAditya168_) October 11, 2023
As the crowd chanted ‘Kohli, Kohli’, India’s chase master walked towards the pitch from under the pavilion dedicated to his name on his home ground, Arun Jaitley Stadium.
7. Kohli urging fans not to mock Naveen-ul-Haq
The greatness of Virat Kohli is he never gets his ego into his batting and on field. Most of us thought he gonna smack Naveen right from first ball but he requested his home crowd to stop booing that young lad and then hugged him. Just another day of realising why he is the… pic.twitter.com/EDanvd1dhC— leisha (@katyxkohli17) October 11, 2023
One much-awaited sight for cricket fans was to see chase master Virat Kohli and Afghan pacer Naveen-ul-Haq on the field, following the IPL rift. As the crowd hailed Kohli, he gestured towards the fans, asking them not to mock Naveen. And apparently, his request was immediately accepted by the fans.
8. The infamous IPL brawl meeting a peaceful conclusion
Naveen bowling, Kohli batting and Gambhir commentating in front of Gautam Gambhir stand and Virat Kohli pavilion pic.twitter.com/wMqYVVQ92K— Sagar (@sagarcasm) October 11, 2023
Almost five months after the infamous IPL brawl involving Virat Kohli, Naveen-ul-Haq, and Gautam Gambhir, the controversy met with a peaceful resolution. We saw Kohli and Naveen smiling and embracing each other, with Gambhir’s words from the commentary box.
9. Virat Kohli’s half-century
Kohli scored an undefeated 55 runs, surpassing the 273-run target to defeat Afghanistan, and ended the match with victory for team India.
10. And the epic light show at the beats of ‘Vande Mataram’
Maa Tujhe Salaam + Vande Mataram + The Light show at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) October 11, 2023
– This is Goosebumps…!!!🇮🇳pic.twitter.com/2GpiAny3XZ
Goosebumps, for real!
On Saturday, we will be seeing the arch-rivals India and Pakistan playing at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.