Venkatesh Prasad vs Aamir Sohail: Virat Kohli praises Prasad; says no clean-bowled as satisfying as that
According to Virat Kohli there is no more a satisfying clean-bowled in the history of Indian cricket than Venkatesh Prasad dismissing Aamir Sohail in the 1996 World Cup quarter-final in Bengaluru
Bengaluru: India captain Virat Kohli has described Venkatesh Prasad’s dismissal of Aamir Sohail in the 1996 World Cup quarter-final as the most satisfying clean-bowled in the history of Indian cricket.
The India-Pakistan World Cup quarter-final contest at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium in March 1996 is part of folklore. It was the game that India won to reach the semi-final and more importantly remembered for the on-field altercation between Prasad and Sohail.
In the run chase, Pakistan opener Sohail hit a boundary off Prasad and pointed his bat towards the direction where the ball went and said few words to the Indian paceman. The next ball, Prasad gave a befitting reply, knocking Sohail’s off-stump.
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On Sunday (May 17), on an Instagram live chat session, Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri asked Kohli about the match and here is what the Delhi right-hander said.
Chhetri asked Kohli, “Where were you exactly, when Aamer Sohail hit Prasad for a four, trash talked, and then saw his off-stump sent for a cartwheel, right the next ball? This is an iconic moment. Everyone knows about.”
Kohli replied, “I was at home. Obviously, an iconic moment. I celebrated then the same way as I celebrate now. There is no more satisfying clean-bowled, at least for us, in the history of cricket. It was an iconic moment.”
“That day, not many people in India would forget, regardless if you were a cricket fan or not,” Chhetri quipped. He also said that he and his friends enacted the scene several times on that day. “Those memories are golden memories,” Kohli added.