Indian captain Virat Kohli scores a swashbuckling 73* in the second T20I against England.
After facing a series of low scores, Virat Kohli returned in style with an unbeaten 49-ball 73. And after that, Kohli said he had a chat with the team management, his wife Anushka and also with AB de Villiers before the game and that helped him to score well.
Kohli got out for ducks in his last two international innings and his stunning knock on Sunday helped India chase down 165 with ease easy, along with the debutant Ishan Kishan’s fifty as well.
“I had to shift the focus back to the basics of the game. Probably thinking of too many variables from the outside. I always take pride in the fact that I do the job for the team, so happy I did that than that I got 70 odd,” he said at the post-match presentation.
“The management spoke to me about things. Anushka is here so she also keeps speaking to me about thinks. I had a special chat with AB de Villiers before the game. He told me just watch the ball. That’s exactly what I did,” he again shared.
“Quite a good game for us, we ticked all boxes we wanted to”: Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli later praised the youngsters like Washington Sundar, Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya.
“Quite a good game for us, we ticked all boxes we wanted to. To give only 34 in last 5, it was very smart from our bowlers. Special mention to Washi, he bowled to only one left hander and used the big boundary well to the right handers. Hardik and Shardul bowled well,” he further added.
“We knew that there was little bit of dew on the wicket and the ball would come on a little better. Special mention to Ishan. I tried to do what I can but he changed the game completely. He took the game away from the opposition totally. Quality innings on debut,” Virat Kohli expressed.
“When you play in the IPL with such dominance like he has against quality bowlers, we’ve seen him hit international fast bowlers for big sixes. He’s a fearless character, should continue to back his instinct. We had a conversation before the game. He took his chances but it was calculated, wasn’t reckless. That’s what you want to see from youngsters. Today that counter-attacking innings of his and our partnership was something the team needed,” he explained
“He (Hardik) has worked really hard on his fitness and next few months he is gonna be a vital part of this team moving forward in all three formats. He plays for the team all the time and those kind of players are priceless. They were always in the game and you gotta be really precise in this format which is what we did today,” Virat Kohli concluded.