Virat Kohli turned the clock back to his younger years in the First T20 International between India and West Indies at Hyderabad.
With the time, Virat has grown into a true gentle-man of game from an angry-animated kid who debuted for India back in 2008. The same kid was full on display in the Friday-Evening.
Everyone knows, you do not rile up Virat in a run chase, but it looked like West Indied did not complete their home-work as West-Indain Captain Pollard tired playing mind games with Indian Captain, only to be left furious at the end of the match.
Kohli, who came at the crease at Rohit Sharma’s wicket in the 4th over of the match, struggled to find his mojo at the start. He was trying to hit some adventures shots, which he usually doesn’t play, at the start of the innings in order to control the ever-increasing asking rate. But he ended up scoring only 26 runs of 23 balls till 12 over of the Indian innings.
But an over from Jason Holder did wonders for the Kohli as he hit a couple of deliveries for the boundary from the middle of the bat. After that it was the King-Kohli show all the way as he put on a master class.
In the next over of the Jason Holder too, Kohli again hit the bowler for a six to reach his Half-century, and then for a four to bring down the equation to 54 of last five overs.
Then came the Over of Kesrick Williams, 16th over of the innings, this was a huge over in the context of the game it could have turned the game in the favour of WI had they managed to nip out Kohli, but Kohli was in no mood to give away after finding his mojo, as he hit the second ball of the over down the ground for a boundary before hitting the next ball for a six to leave everyoneaback with the rubber like flexibility of his wrists and the power he generatesfrom that bottom hand. It was nothing more than a whip but the ball sailed over wide long-on.
That hit brought out the moment of the match as Kohli imitated KesrickWilliams’s notebook celebration from the CPL to Chadwick Walton.
Giving reason behind such celebration Virat Kohli, “Williams had given me the notebook when he dismissed me in Jamaica, so I remembered it from there. We gave each other a high-five later. Play hard but respect the opponent.” Said at the post match representation.
India finished the match with 8 ball remaining. Kohli begged Mam-of-TheMatch award for his 94 not-out.