Asia Cup 2023: Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid, Hardik Pandya felicitate Nepal players
Kohli also spent some time with Nepal players and clicked pictures in their dressing room following the game.
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Flamboyant India batter Virat Kohli, head coach Rahul Dravid, and vice-captain Hardik Pandya were seen handing medals to Nepal players following their game at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Sri Lanka on Monday, September 4.
Notably, team India earned the crucial two points following a 10-wicket win against Nepal in their second Asia Cup fixture. Following the conclusion of the match, Kohli and Hardik, among others, engaged in light-hearted conversations with the players of Nepal while heading back to the dressing room.
In addition to this, head coach Dravid, Kohli and vice-captain Hardik were seen felicitating the Nepal players with medals on their debut in the ACC event.
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भारतीय खेलाडीहरुले नेपाली खेलाडीहरुलाई दिएको सम्मान 🙏❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/aiCm8zxTJo— Bipin Sapkota (@bipinsapkota213) September 5, 2023
Kohli also spent some time with the players and clicked pictures in their dressing room following the game. Additionally, the former India skipper was seen giving his autograph to Nepal pacer Sompal Kami on his shoes which left the latter quite emotional.
It is worth mentioning that Sompal, who came in at no. 8, slammed two sixes and a solitary boundary in his 56-ball 48. Furthermore, Sheikh’s 58 off 97 helped Nepal post a modest 230 in the first innings. However, after persistent rain came down at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, match officials revised the target to 145 runs in 23 overs, with DLS coming into the picture.
Shubman Gill and skipper Rohit Sharma remained solid on the crease as the pair comfortably helped the Men in Blue cruise to the Super Four with a magnificent 10-wicket win. While Rohit scored 74 off 59 balls, cracking five sixes and six fours, Gill slammed 67 off 62 balls with eight fours and a solitary maximum.
Earlier, Pakistan became the first side in the Asia Cup to confirm their berth in the Super Four stage. Meanwhile, arch-rivals team India and Pakistan will square off in the knockout rounds on Sunday, September 10, at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.