Virat Kohli’s breathtaking knocking at the crease has taken the cricket world by storm, and he has managed to push the Indian Cricket team to the World T20 semi-final. Was it a magic wand that made us win the match, or was it the Kohli talent?
Virat Kohli has admitted to this in his statement during the press conference held prior to the match and stated “There is no magic wand that I am just swinging and scoring runs. Everyone wants to do well, everyone wants to score runs. It’s about how much you believe you can do it. I think it is the major factor at the international level.” Well, that settles it then and it is his classic shots that have shown India that it’s his hard work along with other contributory factors that have resulted in this win. He does admit that he has to stay consistent in his hard work, to win in future also.
There is no specific format to win the match, but Kohli for sure welds his magic, and has a targeted approach for the International cricket strategies. Sunday, was a day of excitement for the Indians and Aussies as the two teams were contesting for the semi-finals of the T20 world cup. Virat turned the game around for India and pushed his team into the semi-finals with composure and sheer tact. People were spell bound and even the Australians were taken in, by the brilliant batting display shown by Virat Kohli.
Indian bowlers had slogged in the first half of the match and had made sure that they restricted Australian batsmen to a 160 runs whereas each person in the stadium was sure that they would grab about 200. When Indian chased the 160 target, the batsmen started to fall one by one, and we “almost lost hope”, but Kohli stuck on. In his journey to the win, he was supported by Yuvraj Singh who trudged on with an injured foot to do his bit till he got out, and then came Dhoni to lend a hand striking the ball high in the air whenever he got a chance to do so.
Dhoni did go overboard in his praise for Virat Kohli but warns the others too saying that they “need to step up” in the remaining two matches for the ICC world cup.
The openers of the Indian cricket team Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina haven’t been contributing a significant number of runs as expected of them and to this Dhoni stated “The others (batsmen) have to step up now. We can’t keep relying on him. I think the others are contributing but we need to step up our game. Barring Virat, we have been 60-65 percent in terms of our batting.”
The skipper also commented that he loves Kohli’s match winning prowess and confidence levels and claimed “It’s not the first time I’ve enjoyed it (from the other end). He is been playing brilliantly over the last few years. He has kept improving his game. He is very hungry to score runs for the team and evolving with each match.” That’s great praise from one of the best, right Kohli? We, the team of LivePunjab wishes the Indian cricket team all the best for the next match too!