ICC World Cup 2023: Virat Kohli bowls in Pune after Hardik Pandya walks off with injury, crowd roars in ground, WATCH
Team India is in action today in the World Cup as they face asian rivals Bangladesh at the MCA stadium in Pune.
Bangladesh is currently missing their regular captain, Shakib Al Hasan, due to a quad injury.
As a result, Najmul Hossain Shanto has taken on the role of leading the team. After winning the toss, he chose to bat first. Although India had hoped for an early wicket, they were dealt a significant setback when Hardik Pandya got injured.
India's star all-rounder sustained an injury while attempting to stop the ball during his own bowling in the 9th over.
The physiotherapist attended to him for a considerable amount of time, and Hardik even attempted to bowl after receiving treatment. However, his efforts were unsuccessful, and he ultimately had to leave the pitch.
However, despite this, the crowd erupted in cheers as former India captain Virat Kohli took the ball in his hand to finish Hardik's over.
Kohli bowled the last three balls of the over and gave away two runs. Virat Kohli bowled in the World Cup for the first time since the semifinal fixture against Australia in 2015.
Furthermore, it is worth noting that this marks Kohli's first time bowling in an ODI match since August 2017, when he last bowled against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
What is Virat Kohli's record as a bowler?
It is interesting to note that Virat Kohli has bowled in only 49 innings throughout his ODI career, resulting in a total of four wickets. In his ODI career, he has bowled a total of 107 overs and has also achieved a maiden.
The man has not been regularly bowling for the past decade or so, and he has not taken the ball in hand since 2017.
The crowd was left stunned for the same reason when Kohli took the ball in hand, and cheers followed. The video has become viral on social media. It is yet to be determined whether the 34-year-old will bowl more, as it will depend on Pandya's fitness for the remainder of the match.