It Is One Of The Best Innings I Have Played – Virat Kohli
Indian captain Virat Kohli rated his knock of 70 runs from 29 balls against the West Indies in the all-important decider at Wankhede as one of his best innings in the shortest format. Kohli was able to hit the ground running when he came to bat in the middle. India had got off to a flying start after an opening stand of 135 runs between KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma.
Subsequently, Virat Kohli added the finishing touches as he catapulted his attack on the Windies bowlers. Kohli scored four fours and seven sixes in his blistering knock to help India post their third-highest score in the T20I fold. The Indian captain added that it was a special win as it came while defending the target, which has been India’s kryptonite.
Kohli was relentless.
Virat Kohli said in the post-match presentation, “We had spoken a lot (about batting first and winning). It was about going out there and executing. I was in the zone and I carried on. Told KL, he needs to bat long and hold one end. It was a pretty special inning and also being our second wedding anniversary, it was a special gift. It was a special night and one of the best innings I have played. And batting first we won, feels really good. I know I can contribute in all three formats. It is about putting your mind into it. Now with the World Cup coming up there is motivation. My part becomes crucial as I have to play two roles. When you are not playing T20s for a while and come back and play like this, it feels good. There is one thing about talking about the plans but it is about executing them on the field”.
On the other hand, India was provided a great start as KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma added 135 runs for the opening alliance. Both the right-hander timed the ball sweetly and scored at an impressive strike rate to help India keep their noses ahead.
Rahul and Rohit did a fine job.
Kohli added, “I think two guys in the middle with clarity and the way Rahul and Rohit played today was the key today. Batting first, we have been too tight and hesitant, but this pitch allowed us to play freely. It was a good lesson for us and now we need to remember it. It depends on what pitch and ground you are playing on (whether scoring more boundaries is a must). You don’t really feel the pressure when you have 20-25 runs on the board. Playing the World Cup in Australia, we will have to figure out how big the boundaries are”.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli was also awarded the Man of the Series award. Kohli scored 183 runs in the three innings at an average of 183 and a strike rate of 190.62.
The first ODI will take place in Chennai on the 15th of December.
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