‘Can’t keep him out of action’ – Fans react as Virat Kohli come out as waterboy during Super 4 clash against Bangladesh in Asia Cup 2023

By Daniel S

September 15, 2023

In the final Super 4 fixture of Asia Cup 2023, India and Bangladesh clashed at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday, September 15. India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, won the toss and chose to invite Bangladesh to bat first. However, the Shakib Al Hasan-led side had a challenging start, losing their openers, Tanzid Hasan and Litton Das, with just 15 runs on the scoreboard. But among all the match action what grabbed the attention of fans was when India’s star batter, Virat Kohli, emerged as a water boy after the dismissal of the second wicket.


During the fourth over of the innings, Shardul Thakur uprooted the stumps of Tanzid (13 off 12), sending him back to the pavilion. Immediately after the wicket fell, Kohli, who was resting for the game, appeared on the field as a water boy, delivering drinks to his teammates. This moment quickly went viral across social media platforms.

Notably, India made several changes to their playing XI for this match. Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, and Hardik Pandya were rested and replaced by Suryakumar Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, and 20-year-old Tilak Varma, who received his debut ODI cap.

The match marked an intriguing encounter between the two teams, and the presence of Virat Kohli as a water boy added an unusual and captivating dimension to the proceedings. With key players rested and newcomers given an opportunity, it was an exciting contest in the lead-up to the Asia Cup’s final stages. Let us see how Twitter has reacted to this funny instance from Virat;




Tilak Varma marks his first appearance in an ODI match

Tilak Varma has made a notable impact in his brief T20I career, amassing 174 runs across seven innings at an impressive average of 34.80, including one half-century. After his stellar performance in his T20I debut series against West Indies, there was widespread discussion about his inclusion in the ODI World Cup 2023 squad. However, his limited experience in the 50-over format led to him missing out on the mega event.

Nonetheless, Varma has now earned a well-deserved opportunity against Bangladesh and could potentially address India’s longstanding issue of including an additional bowler in the XI. He has even showcased his off-spin skills during team practice sessions in Colombo, endorsed by bowling coach Paras Mhambrey.