Virat Kohli was at his best in the first T20I against West Indies at Hyderabad as the 'Men in Blue' chased down a huge target of 208 runs with 8 balls to spare. Kohli was awarded the Man-of-the-Match (MoM) for his match-winning knock of 94* off just 50 deliveries.
With this award, the right-hand batsman now has 12 Man-of-the-Match awards to his name in T20I cricket which is joint-highest with Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi. Interestingly, Shahid Afridi holds the second position with 11 awards.
It was not a typical Kohli innings in the beginning as he was seen struggling to time the ball and at one time, he was at just 3 runs off 9 deliveries. This all changed when opener KL Rahul was dismissed for a well made 62 off 40 deliveries.
But the 31-year-old kept his calm and once he started timing the ball, there was no stopping him. The right-hander stood till the end and scored his career-best 94* runs with 6 maximums and 6 boundaries.
While talking about the game after the match, Kohli said, “It was just about keeping up to the game because I didn’t want to put KL (Rahul) under pressure, so tried to strike at 140 at least, but I couldn’t get going properly. But I started to get going after that over from Jason (Holder).”
“I analysed what went wrong and played accordingly in the second half of my innings. Whenever I play T20 cricket I am not someone who comes to the ground to hit the ball in the air to entertain the crowd. Our strength as a team is to strike in the latter half of the innings,” he added.
(With IANS inputs)