So far, Virat Kohli has been outstanding as a captain while leading his team for the first time at the World Cup. In the ICC World Cup 2019, Kohli had set an example as an astute leader while taking a cue from his former skipper and teammate, MS Dhoni. Kohli, who’s the second leading run-getter for India, is ready for the semi-final clash against New Zealand in Manchester.
Both teams will wrestle off in the first semi-final at the Old Trafford on Tuesday (July 9). Meanwhile, Kohli in the pre-game press conference has maintained that the team members are relaxed and they had a great time.
Earlier, India had left a strong impact in the tournament by winning their first game on June 5 in Southampton by thrashing Faf du Plessis-led South Africa. Also, the Men in Blue had done a remarkable job by performing regularly.
The team is relaxed: Virat Kohli
Kohli’s deputy Rohit Sharma is having an imperious run with the bat. The star batsman had slammed five tons at the ongoing World Cup while featuring in eight matches. Also, their game against Kiwis ended on a no-result due to a wet outfield.
At the start of 2019, New Zealand hosted India in the limited-overs series. The visitors had clinched the ODI series 4-1.
Interestingly, for the last two matches, Rohit has led India as Kohli was rested for the games. And in that particular series, Mohammed Shami had won the Man of the Series.
While speaking about Kane Williamson’s and his captaincy back in 2008 when they led their respective Under-19 teams in Malaysia, Kohli maintained it’s good to be here (in the UK).
The star batsman Kohli also maintained that he would let Williamson know about the same.
“When we meet tomorrow I’ll remind him. It’s nice to realise that 11 yrs after, we’re captaining our respective nations again in a senior World Cup,” Kohli revealed in a pre-match presser in Manchester.
Also, while reminiscing about the memories, Kohli asserted that he didn’t anticipate it. Adding, the players from that batch had further made it to their respective national teams.
“A lot of players from that World Cup from our batch, from their batch, from other teams as well, made it to their national teams & are still playing. I think it is a really nice memory. Neither me nor him could have ever anticipated that one day this will happen,” Kohli added.
Kohli also stressed that whoever would be able to handle the pressure will on its day, will end up doing well.
Kohli on decision making:
Kohli conceded that both teams had enough experience of playing such contests. He also cited that Kiwis were semi-finalists in the previous edition. In 2015, the Black Caps lost to Australia at the MCG.
Kohli further remarked that the team is a ‘quality side’. And he believes the ‘decision making’ has a major role to play for the much-awaited semi-final.
“Decision making will be crucial. Both teams are experienced enough to have played these games. New Zealand was in the finals last time and they know how to play knock out games. They have had a wonderful World Cup again so they’re a quality side,” Kohli said.
With both Williamson and Kohli leading their teams, it’s interesting to see the star batters making it to another semi-final face-off.