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India and Australia were up against each other in a do-or-die encounter in the recently concluded World T20. A place in the World T20 semifinal was at stake. Batting first Australia posted a competitive total of 160.
India had a poor start as they lost three wickets with only 49 on the board but then Virat Kohli played one of the finest T20 knocks to earn a semifinal ticket fro India.
With India needing 20 runs from the last 2 overs, Steve Smith’s side were within touching distance of cementing a semi-final berth against West Indies, only for Kohli to play one of the greatest Twenty20 innings of all time to send Australia crashing out of the World Cup.
Utterly destroying Coulter-Nile in the 19th over, Kohli snatched four fours in the penultimate over, to take India home – a drive through point, a pull, a lofty shot over extra cover followed by his favourite cover drive.
Recalling that thrashing by Virat Kohli,Nathan Coulter-Nile, who is currently plying his trade for Delhi Daredevils, has said that he isn’t surprised with the Indian’s luminous act in the IPL. He praised Kohli for being a clean striker and recalled how the batsman left him clueless in the World T20 encounter between India and Australia in Mohali.
“I wasn’t really thinking too much, I was trying to execute my plans as well as I could,” Coulter-Nile told.
“He hit the ball everywhere on the ground and did it so cleanly. I am not surprised with his amazing run of form,” he added.
Coulter-Nile also praised his coach Rahul Dravid saying that he was pleased to hone his skills under Dravid’s supervision.
“It is good to run to Rahul for ideas, not only as a cricket personality but he also happens to be one of the nicest human beings I have met. After the season is over, I would like to catch up with him and have a conversation,” said Coulter-Nile, adding: “Even Zaheer Khan is a serious captain, both have good cricketing brains.”
Delhi was one of the most consistent sides in the early stages of this IPL, but they are not getting the desired results during the business end of the tournament. When asked about that, he said:“One gets to learn different playing styles and different ideas come in handy. We have had few ups and downs in this IPL but the mood has been upbeat throughout.”