Despite being omitted from the playing XI and given a break during the match against Bangladesh on Friday, 34-year-old Virat Kohli demonstrated his unwavering commitment to both his personal performance and Team India’s success by hitting the practice nets on Friday evening while the India-Bangladesh match was still ongoing.

With a place secured in the Asia Cup 2023 final against Sri Lanka on Sunday, India opted to rest five players, including Virat Kohli.

However, keeping Kohli away from the action proved to be a challenge. Initially, he was seen fetching drinks for his teammates, and later, he assumed the role of a substitute fielder for Mohammed Shami, who headed to the dressing room to rest after his new-ball spell.

Once Bangladesh’s innings concluded, Virat Kohli wasted no time in donning his pads, helmet, and thigh guard. He joined Hardik Pandya and the specialized sidearm throwdown experts in the practice nets, gearing up for the crucial final on Sunday.

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Kohli’s practice session likely included preparations to face Sri Lanka’s left-arm spinner Dunith Wellalage, who had dismissed him in a recent encounter. Additionally, the slingy-actioned Matheesha Pathirana has been in fine form.

Former England captain and esteemed commentator Nasser Hussain showered Kohli with praise, dubbing him the greatest batsman in ODI history when it comes to run-chases.

On Sky Sports, Nasser Hussain declared, “Virat Kohli is the Greatest player ever in the run chase.”

Kohli’s statistics in ODI run-chases speak for themselves, with 7384 runs to his name. Only Sachin Tendulkar has scored more runs, amassing 8720 runs. However, Kohli’s remarkable average of 64 in run-chases far surpasses Tendulkar’s average of 42. Kohli has also notched up 26 ODI centuries in run-chases, a record that stands as the most in the world.