Team India’s most consistent batsman, Virat Kohli, who has put India in the world T20 finals with a steady knock, has rated his unbeaten innings as his best in T20s. “It’s difficult to rate innings, but given the importance of the match, yes, you can say it is my best T20 innings, I have struck the ball better in T20s in other games. I have also timed the ball better than I did today and have managed to score five or six boundaries very fast. Today, it was difficult, as I had to work hard for the knock. But as per the importance of the game, this knock tops it”, Kohli reflected upon his innings.
After this third fifty of the tournament, Kohli now is the highest run getter with 242 runs. “I wanted to play an important knock when the team had entered the semis, he said. I was in good form, so I thought it was better that I stayed till the end. In T20 cricket, it is very important that a batsman stays till the end. It was not like there was no pressure; it wasn’t easy. The pressure was there. But it is important that you don’t show it to the opponents. They are a world-class attack and the slightest mistake against them can cost you. I just wanted to stay calm and was keen to back myself,” said Kohli. He is now within sniffing distance from T20 world second rank as batsman.
The plan was to finish off the innings with an over to spare as even a small target of eight runs off a Steyn last over could prove difficult and we may lose the game, said Kohli. He expressed satisfaction over scoring the winning runs and felt pumped up after his display of satisfaction, “I was feeling a bit low before this game, i was feeling physically not so healthy, that’s why i needed the emotional display to charge myself,” explained Kohli.
He is confident of going into the finals with a calm and composed mood.