ENG vs IND 2018, 3rd T20I: Virat Kohli Credits his Bowlers for Staging an Outstanding Comeback
Indian Cricket Team skipper, Virat Kohli credited his bowlers for staging a fantastic comeback in the second half of the England innings in the third and final T20I at Bristol on Sunday.
Meanwhile, India clinched the series beating hosts by seven wickets in a record chase. With the series tied at 1-1 at the start of the game, everything was at stake. However, the visitors made an outstanding comeback to chase down a mammoth total.
Rohit Sharma was spectacular with the bat bringing his third T20I century after Colin Munro. Kohli chipped in with 43 runs while Pandya remained on 33 runs to overhaul the target.
Previously, Jos Buttler and Jason Roy provided a brilliant start hammering the ball over the park. Roy went all guns blazing hitting the deliveries over the short boundary at ease. Jos Buttler was not too behind smashing seven fours in his knock of 34.
Meanwhile, an amazing comeback by the Indian bowlers ensured the target doesn’t go out of hand. While Pandya returned with four wickets, Kaul impressed the most. They picked wickets at regular intervals to keep the run-rate in check.
As a result, Kohli lauded his bowlers at the post-match presentation ceremony. He noted the bowlers applied themselves brilliant to keep themselves in the game.
“The comeback from the bowlers was outstanding,” he said. “At one stage we thought they’d end up getting 225-230 which would’ve been tough. But the character they showed, that’s something we’re very proud of. Just hit our areas better I guess (in the second ten overs). We have the quality to bowl wicket-taking deliveries as well. Applied decent pressure on the batsmen and pulled the game back nicely. 25-30 runs in this format can be massive,” he added.
Pandya is a really good all-rounder
Kohli also lauded his premier all-rounder Pandya, who was impressive with both bat and ball. He played an unbeaten cameo of 33 runs from 14 balls after returning with four wickets with the ball.
“Pandya is a really good all-round cricketer. He’s confident with his skills with bat and ball. He’s sure of what he wants to do. With the ball, the way he picked up those wickets after getting hit for boundaries and sixes. His all-round performance was standout today. Was difficult for the bowlers,” Kohli concluded.
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