The big match player knows how to soak the tough times and has the precision of a needle when it comes to timing the chases.
What a chase! And when India chase down a big score who is the key man? There is no question about it, it’s the King, it’s the skipper, it’s Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli is the quintessential chase master in the history of the game. Be it ODIs, T20s and even in Test matches, he has taken up the mantle to close out games for India. His stats are almost unimaginable when it comes to successful run-chases.
From not being the typical Kohli in the 1st half of his innings to quickly becoming the Kohli we know. 94* not out of just 50 balls with 6 fours and 6 sixes.
Kohli surely relishes the big stage and revels under pressure. His mantra in chasing targets has never changed. He takes his time to get a feel of the wicket after which he builds the innings with a constant rotation of strike.
He runs hard between the wickets and plays percentage cricket and puts the foot on the pedestal when the run-rate goes up. Opposition captains often find themselves clueless, when this batting genius treads the field and makes a mockery of the bowling plans. That’s exactly what happened, tonight.
Virat Kohli is easily the most prized scalp for any opposition that is playing against India. Kohli, who wears his heart on his sleeve, is ice-cool when it comes to high-pressure situations and tense run chases.
The 20-overs format is supposed to be one that forces batsmen to play low-percentage cricket and makes it extremely difficult for them to achieve any sort of consistency in run-scoring. Virat Kohli, though, has turned that theory on its head.
The current Indian captain has the best average in T20Is – he averages a staggering 120.9 in successful averages.
It all happened on the third delivery of the 16th over when Kohli hit a brilliant six off Williams to follow it up with an entertaining celebration. It is worth mentioning that the aforementioned celebration was made public when Chadwick Walton had copied Williams in the Caribbean Premier League.
A major reason behind Kohli venting out his anger was also because of him not middling the ball first up. Having scored at a run-a-ball for the first 20-25 balls, Kohli mis-timing the ball regularly was evident from watching him.
In a very rare scene, the world number one Test and ODI batsman struggled to find his rhythm early on. However, there was no looking back for him once he hit Jason Holder for a stunning six in the 15th over.
Coming in to bat at No. 3 in the fourth over, Kohli eventually made a mockery of a 208-run chase as the hosts won the match with eight deliveries to spare. Also, tells us that at times even legends can struggle, but to come back and win it for your country is something legends are known for.