As India locked horns with Pakistan for the highly-anticipated T20 World Cup game on Sunday, everyone was expecting a thrilling contest in Dubai. The Men in Blue went into the contest as favourites considering their recent form and past record against Pakistan, having defeated them in all the previous meetings in the mega event.
However, Babar Azam and Co. completely outplayed India in all departments to script an outstanding 10-wicket win, literally taking the entire cricket fraternity by surprise. As expected, Indian captain Virat Kohli was bound to receive some tricky questions after the match but even he would not have imagined the sequence of events during the post-match press conference.
Kohli slams journalist for asking a 'baffling' question
Moments after the end of match, the 32-year-old accepted that Pakistan deserved to win the match with the way they played. "We did not execute the things that we wanted to but credit is certainly due - they outplayed us today. When you lose three early it's very difficult to come back, especially when you know the dew is coming. They were very professional with the bat as well," he told the presenter.
It was quite an honest interview given by Virat Kohli but as he went to talk to media few minutes later, he was left baffled with one of the questions. When a journalist asked the Indian captain if they could have considered Ishan Kishan in place of Rohit Sharma in playing XI against Pakistan, the 32-year-old just could not believe his ears.
After giving a shocked look, he gave a sarcastic smile and said, "It's a very brave question... What do you think sir, please tell me. I played the team that I though was the best. What is your opinion? Will you drop Rohit Sharma from T20 internationals? Will you drop Rohit Sharma? You know what he did in the last game that we played.... Unbelievable. Sir, if you want controversy, please tell me before so I can answer accordingly."
Watch Kohli's reaction here:
Notably, Virat Kohli was referring to India's previous warm-up game against Australia where Rohit Sharma smashed a fantastic 41-ball 60-run knock before getting retired out. Although Hitman got out on a golden duck against Pakistan, there is no doubt that he remains one of side's most crucial player and Kohli certainly re-established the fact for all the fans, critics and journalists on Sunday.