During a match in World T20 2014 against South Africa, Virat Kohli played a scintillating knock of 72 runs off 44 balls and took Team India into the finals.
But before that, a mind-blowing incident happened during the 19th over of India’s batting. With two runs required off the last eight balls, Virat ran for a single and now skipper MS Dhoni was on strike for the last ball. Fans and the Indian team-mates believed that Dhoni would now hit the winnings runs, but no, Dhoni did something which shows his true sportsmanship.
Dhoni just presented a dead bat to a chest height short ball, which could have been easily hit out of the park for a six. Just like everyone, Kohli was too surprised at Dhoni and can be seen saying something to his smiling skipper at the other end.
On the first ball of the final over bowled by South African speedster Dale Steyn, Kohli hit a boundary and finally Team India won the match.
Here’s the video:
When Kohli was later asked about the incident, he said: “He (Dhoni) said he could not give me anything more from this match and he wanted me to hit the winning shot. I had told him, ‘Aap khatam karo (you do it)’, but he told me, ‘Tune acchi batting kari hain, to ye mera gift hain tere liye (you have batted well, take this gift from me).’ I am thankful to him for letting me do that. Hitting the winning runs is always very special.”