The Indian skipper Virat Kohli left the field earlier before the team registered a 28 run victory over the hosts in the first T20I at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. He was down due to strain in the left leg while he was running for a single during the Indian Innings. But he was dismissed at the score of 26 runs in the 13th over.
Shikhar Dhawan’s 72 runs and Bhuvaneswar Kumar’s 5-wicket haul played a crucial role in the team’s win and the lead of 1-0 in this series. Bhuvaneswar Kumar registered a new record by standing as the first Indian pacer to take 5 wickets in the T20I and Yuzwendra Chahal also made this feat in the T20s.
Speaking about his injury, Kohli said, “I tweaked my glute a little bit. Thankfully it’s not my hamstring
“The injury was early on in the innings when I went for the single. It was my glute and thankfully not my hammy. You know how I am, I had to bend a bit more quickly. Then I felt a little bit more stiffness in my glute and that is why I went off. Not to be stupid and tear a muscle, I decided to go off and get it checked.”
Earlier, the South African captain JP Duminy won the toss and asked the visitors in. This decision seemed to surprise the experts as the pitch was made keeping in mind to benefit the batsmen.
Rohit Sharma seemed to give a good start with two sixes but got dismissed very early. Kohli, who entered the crease after the dismissal of Raina tried to give Dhawan a good standby scoring 11 runs with a speed of one run for one ball but got dismissed by Tabraiz Shamsi.
Kohli gave a spectacular answer to the criticism about his performance earlier when the team lost two test matches against the hosts in South Africa. He played a pivotal role in his strategies and performance in the ODI to register the maiden bilateral series victory on the South African soil.