ICC Cricket World Cup: Virat Kohli seeks SCG inspiration for semi-final against Australia
Indian batting superstar Virat Kohli comes back to the scenario of one of his most memorable Test innings hoping to rediscover batting form for Thursday`s international Cricket Council World Cup semis against Australia in Sydney.
In January it was at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) that Kohli, captaining India after the shock retirement of Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni from the test, hit 147 and 46 to lead his side to a creditable draw.
It was his 4th ton in the four Test series and stopped Australia from making it 3-0 after the hosts had stacked up a huge 572 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their first innings.
Virat`s form immersed alarmingly in the subsequent tri-series that also appeared England, with scores of nine, four, three and eight as India failed to make the final and ended the bilateral tour without a victory.
But the classy right-hander justified Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s assessment of his vice-captain being a big-game player by hitting a game-winning 107 runs in their International Cricket Council World Cup opener against arch-rivals Pakistan in Adelaide on 15th February.
Virat, who made his one day international debut in 2008, followed that with 46 against mighty South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the next game, helping the Indians to the second of 7 straight wins in the ICC World Cup till now.
As India prepare for the semis against the World Cup co-host Australia, Kohli will be hoped to live up to his image as one of the most dominant batsmen of his generation.
Captain Dhoni was confident a game-winning innings from his star batsman was around the corner. He added that he does not think he has batted badly. No one can score a century each time. But Virat is such a good cricketer that people expect him to do it in every match. According to Dhoni, Virat is a dominant batsman who likes playing shots. A huge one is just around the corner because big cricketers always score in big matches.
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