One of the best on-field moments of the third and the final One-Day International between England and India was when Adil Rashid castled Virat Kohli with a crackerjack delivery.
The delivery reminded the spectators of the Ball of the century which Shane Warne had bowled to Mike Gatting in 1993.
The Indian captain was inching closer to scoring a century and was batting on 71 before bowling him out.
The ball pitched on leg stump, ragged past the batsman’s outside-edge to cut short the right hander’s innings.
If it was the Adil Rashid’s accuracy which dismissed Kohli, Kohli’s expression after the dismissal was what caught the attention of the players.
Just like the others, Kohli was also taken aback by the delivery and was totally stunned by the delivery.
He looked at the pitch to understand the pitch. He then looked at his batting partner and headed back to the dressing room.
Rashid’s delivery leaves Kohli bemused:
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 17, 2018
Speaking at the post-match presentation, Kohli admitted that he was surprised to see the amount of turn Rashid got.
“I have been playing against Adil Rashid since my U-19 days and it was undoubtedly a terrific ball,” he said.
“It was just one of those balls that you have to take in your stride and say “Wow”. I’m surprised that the way he bowls has changed over the years, but that was an amazing ball, ” he added.
This is how Twitter reacted to Kohli’s reaction on his dismissal:
— Sporting Index (@sportingindex) July 17, 2018
— Jack (@J4ckozzy) July 17, 2018
Virat Kohli had the same expression then as Mike Gatting when Shane Warne bowled him in 1993. Absolute belter from Adil Rashid
— Paul Newman 🌈 (@Paul_NewmanDM) July 17, 2018
Kohli looks like he's seen a ghost after he's bowled by a big leg-break from Rashid.
— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) July 17, 2018
The series-clinching moment has to be Adil Rashid's peach of a delivery to castle Kohli. Shifted the momentum to England. India could never recover from that. Kohli's expression said everything! Congrats, England… @imVkohli @AdilRashid03 @ECB_cricket #ENGvIND
— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) July 17, 2018
— The Notorious B.E.E 🐝🐝 (@chatpataka100) July 17, 2018
Talking about the match, England humbled India by 8 wickets to win the ODI series by 2-1.
Put into bat first, could only post a total of 256 for 8 in 50 overs. England in reply, reached the target in 44.3 overs having eight wickets in hand.
Except for Virat Kohli, none of the other batsmen could give England much of a fight.
In reply, England chased down the total in less than 45 overs.
Joe Root (100*) and Eoin Morgan (88*) shared an unbeaten partnership of 186 to help their team win the ODI series against India.