Did you miss Virat Kohli, reporter asks. Khaleel Ahmed bursts out laughing

first_img2nd T20I Brief Score – India (162/3) beat New Zealand (158/8) by 7 wickets to level the three-match series. Rohit 50, Pant 40 not out. Full ScorecardKhaleel Ahmed is only 21-years-old and he has played only 16 internationals for India – 8 ODIs and 8 T20Is. So when he was sent out to address the mandatory post-match press conference by the Indian team, he had every reason to be a little nervous. But to Khaleel’s credit, he handled most questions like a seasoned pro. Most. Almost.Khaleel, who had bled 48 runs off his four overs in the first T20I in Wellington, bounced back brilliantly in Auckland. He bowled the right lengths and returned figures of 2 for 27 off his 4 overs. And when the journalists asked him about India’s plans to avoid bowling short, Khaleel was able to tell them why: the ground was small and there wasn’t much swing. He was happy to execute his plans well.Khaleel also said he was excited to play overseas. “It is a little tough in New Zealand running against the wind but a good experience nonetheless.”Khaleel Ahmed was also thrilled with the support for the Indian team in Auckland. India’s fans far outnumbered New Zealand’s and even Nathan McCullum felt like he was back in India.But Khaleel Ahmed was stumped with a question that many would have expected him to deal rather well. Asked by a scribe if the Indian team was missing Virat Kohli, Khaleel was flummoxed. At first, he laughed, then began to answer before giving up: “Don’t ask… Next question please.”And Khaleel went on to explain India’s stance on the controversial DRS decision that cost Daryl Mitchell his wicket in the last over of the power play.advertisementMaybe Khaleel thought the question on Kohli was banal.Virat Kohli was rested for the final two ODIs and the T20I series. So far, India have played four matches without their regular captain: two have resulted in record defeats while the other two saw India win by huge margins.Also Read | We did not win the series but we learnt a lot: Harmanpreet KaurAlso Read | Nathan McCullum overwhelmed by Eden Park atmosphere: Felt like I was in IndiaAlso Read | Captain Rohit Sharma emulates Virat Kohli as India hammer New Zealand in AucklandAlso See:last_img

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