India skipper Virat Kohli loves to be in the focus. In the last T20I against New Zealand in Hamilton that India won in the super over, Kohli was a proud spectator as his deputy Rohit Sharma produced magic with the bat. The 31-year-old ace batsman later posted pictures on his social media accounts to show how Team India approaches games and win them. “That’s how we do it,” he wrote after the game and series were won by his team.
The visitors replicated the win in Auckland again and this time, it was Kohli himself. Since Rohit was rested for the fourth T20I, along with Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja, Kohli invariably became the next best option to chase the super-over target of 14 along with KL Rahul.
The wicketkeeper-batsman whacked stand-in captain Tim Southee for a six and four before getting caught at the boundary. Kohli then took a double and then hit a four to seal the game. By his standards, Kohli was seen celebrating in a composed manner with one hand held high. Like after the win in Hamilton, the captain came up with a number of pictures of moments from the game and captioned it: “Rising up to every challenge. What a game!”
Virat Kohli says he learnt to stay calm when opponents playing well
Speaking after the match, Kohli said that he has learned something new in the last couple of games. “When the opposition is playing well, you stay calm till the end and try to come back. We couldn’t have asked for more exciting games, we’ve never played Super Overs before and now we’ve won two. It shows the character of the team.”
“Initially, we thought of opening with Samson and KL in the Super Over, but then KL told me I should bat because of the experience and the options I’ll bring. His two strikes were crucial and then you knock the ball into the gap and takes your team over the line,” he said.
Here’s his tweet
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 31, 2020
New Zealand were left to only blame themselves in both Hamilton and Wellington as they were comfortably placed to win games. In Hamilton, they required only two from four balls with settled batsmen like Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor batting.
In Wellington, they needed only seven off the last over with seven wickets in hand and Taylor on strike. On both occasions, India forced them to take the game into the super overs, thanks to some brilliant death-over bowling, and then had the last laugh.
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