Indian skipper Virat Kohli faces back-to-back criticism after his unimpressive bat work in the last few series. After lifting the Test series trophy India loses the 1st T20I against England by 8 wickets.
Virat Kohli credits Ab de Villiers and Anushka Sharma
In the 2nd T20I against England skipper, Virat Kohli proves his worth by scoring an impressive 73* from 49 deliveries. With the support of Ishan Kishan‘s maiden fifty India clitch victory in the 2nd T20I by beating England by 7 wickets.
“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 things.
“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.”
Kohli was full of praise for the likes of 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 the 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 said.
“We knew that there was a little bit of dew on the wicket and the ball would come on a little better.
Virat Kohli thanks Ishan Kishan
“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.
“When you play in the IPL with such dominance as 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 (Hardik) has worked really hard on his fitness and in the 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 kinds 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.”