India v South Africa, World T20, semi-final, Mirpur April 4, 2014

'My best T20 innings' - Kohli

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Match Point: Kohli, a smart thinker

Virat Kohli has rated his matchwinning, unbeaten 72 against South Africa in the World T20 semi-final as his best T20 innings considering the importance of the match. While Kohli said the Indian dressing room was calm at the innings break, he added that there was pressure during the chase, but he did not want to let South Africa know that.

"Depending on the importance of the match, yes, you can say it is my best T20 innings," Kohli said. "But I have struck the ball better in T20s in other games. I have also timed the ball better than I did today and have managed to score five or six boundaries very fast. Today it was difficult as I had to work hard for the knock. But as per the importance of the game, this knock tops it.

"I wanted to play an important knock when the team had entered the semis. I was in good form, so I though it is better that I stay till the end. In T20, it is very important that a batsman stays till the end. It's not like there was no pressure. It wasn't easy. Pressure was there. But it is important that you don't show it to the opponents. They are a world-class attack and the slightest mistake against them can cost you. I just wanted to stay calm and was keen to back myself."

Kohli's reputation as a reliable chaser continues to grow. When asked how he adapted while batting second in T20s compared to one-dayers, Kohli said his calculations became quicker, and also credited the start given by Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane in this match. "It's all about analyzing how many runs have been scored before I walk in to bat and what rate we are going at. Today we got off to a flying start, we were going at 10 runs an over in the first three. It gave me time to settle myself in. If we were six runs an over, I could have gone for my strokes and I probably could have got out. People don't realise the importance of those small starts but I think the way Rohit and Ajinkya batted initially, it set the platform perfectly for us, it put the pressure right back on South Africa and it allowed me to play myself in and stick to my plans.

"It's very difficult to break it down in a T20 game because as I said, rush of blood, plus it is a shorter format. Those calculations come down, they become smaller, become quicker. You need to think really quick, when to score, when to defend. I think it is all about how many their main bowlers have bowled or how many overs the part-timers are going to bowl, how many runs you need to score off the part-timers and the main bowlers. It's all about when I walk in to bat, I look at the score board, what the situation is like and talk to my partner, what we can do from there on."

Kohli scored 40 of his 72 runs in singles and twos, and had only three dots. He went as far as saying that a single was as important as a six in this format. "That's something I always believe. I was on 20 not out off 17 balls (17 off 16 actually) without hitting a boundary. If you can do that and the opposition knows if I can get two boundaries in between, my strike rate goes up to 150, around that. It is very important to keep rotating the strike which, in a rush of blood, you always keep looking for boundaries. But as long as you keep rotating the strike and not lose wickets at the same time, the opposition captain has to think about a lot of things after that because if you can place the ball for two runs thrice in an over and the sixth ball goes for a boundary, it is a brilliant over for you. So I think it's very important to know the importance of singles and doubles in T20 cricket as well."

South Africa held back Dale Steyn for the death but India were able to take 22 off his second and third overs. Kohli said it was crucial to put pressure on the leader of the attack.

"Against a quality bowling attack, you need to be on top. It's important to put pressure on a world-class bowler like Dale. That's why the key is to score off the other bowlers so that he doesn't have too many runs to defend. That's why if you take six or seven runs off him, when he comes to pick wickets, it's more frustrating for the opposition. The plan was to not give him wickets. I think we ended up scoring 11 an over off him and that wasn't the plan at all. Once you start frustrating the opposition and not allow them to stick to their plans, the game starts falling in your way and that's what we decided to do."

MS Dhoni played out a dot ball in the penultimate over to allow Kohli the chance to hit the winning runs. Kohli was thankful to the captain for the opportunity. "Yes, he gave me a chance. I had told him 'aap khatam karo, lekin unhone bola is match mein main tujhe aur kuch nahin de sakta. Tuney acchi batting kari hai, to ye mera gift hai tere liye' (I told him, you finish it. But he said, I cannot give you anything else in this game. You have batted well, so this is my gift for you).

"I said 'that's very kind of you' and I accepted it. Hitting the winning runs is a wonderful feeling and I am grateful to him for allowing me the opportunity to hit them."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 4, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Without an iota of doubt, Kohli is the best batsmen going around in the world today. He along with AB are two great players of this post Sachin, Kallis & Ponting era. His knock today again reaffirmed his status of being a batsman of superficial powers. One can wonder what Kohli cannot do. While it may be premature to compare Kohli with greats of previous generations, it is worth admitting that he is second to none from that elite group and a player poised for an everlasting greatness. His genius in chasing a target may become a well orchestrated documentary for any sports lover & a lesson to budding cricketers. The manner in which he approaches the game, changes gears, not giving opposition a sniff, swift thinking will leave a fan in awe. There is visibly no weakness in his game and that can demoralize an opposition before even he walks in. He has flamboyance of Richards, Consistency of Dravid and Style of Sachin. If he repeats his heroics in final, India will remain unstoppable.

  • on April 6, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    He is a master of chase keep going virat.

  • JaranNirsi on April 6, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    I saw Kohli bat for the first time some time in 2009. I had returned to India after a few years and was desperate to watch some cricket, even if it was only on TV. I never did cotton on to baseball. I was astounded to watch this chap bat: he had the flair of Tendulkar, the orthodoxy of Dravid, and he played the ball later than anyone I had ever seen, and he was only 20-21 years of age. All I thought he needed was the singleness of purpose, the steely resolve, and the steadfastness of effort to become one of the truly great players. If all time. I am absolutely delighted that he is living up to his early promise, and hope that he continues to develop and succeed. Greatness awaits, and lies within his grasp.

  • vkumar_086 on April 5, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    @Anurag Chaudhary....where are you dear...any batsman can freely bat in first innings....but in 2nd innings batting, there are many hurdles...first one is pressure situation, 2nd is fear, 3rd is pitch may assist the bowlers...but if you see entire cricket history, only a handful of batsmen like bevan, Mike Hussey etc mastered over these hurdles....and kohli stands tall among these....he is still 25 years age and ahead of all the contemporary batsmen in any format, in any condition....give credit to players wherever it is required, plz dont be narrow minded person

  • archis100 on April 5, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    All we can say as a fan of India, and a fan of Cricket: Kohli is something! His cricketing brain is awesome, not just his batting. The man who for me underscored the power of quick singles in ODI is Javed Miandad. And the power of rotation of strike in T20 -- Dhoni and Kohli. When the bowler is busy figuring out the optimum variation he should inject in his next delivery, rotation of strike is the best variation a batsman can cause to throw him off.

    Can Kohli extend his golden run for one more match and give India the first repeat in t20 championship? Can someone else take the ownership and see India through in case Kohli fails?

  • on April 5, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    A few years ago, when Kohli was not a regular in the Indian ODI team, he was usually played as replacement player. But still had managed to reach no 3 in ODI batting ranks. One of the visitors Cricinfo site had commented on a story about team selection. He wrote that Kohli was an over rated player, there were better players, including his favourite player, who were not considered. I literally felt at that time that a player despite playing much less matches than being played by India could achieve such high ranking, he should be the first choice player. He became one sooner and rest is history.

  • on April 5, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Anurag, for any batsman chasing is always a big challenge...most of the time the pitch will be favourable for bowlers

  • on April 5, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    yeah kohli your the man !!! & it is unfair to compare ab & vk , both are world class , they use bottom hand effectively difference in their attitude kohli is down the ground player & ab specialist in improvisation though he can play down the ground as equaly as vk but he is different in approch , virat always play that delivery got ab to mid off or insde out by stepping out or just play to infront of squre , so instead comparing them just seat back & watch modern greats in making .

  • bangladesh_blaster on April 5, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Fearless batting by indian batsmen is the direct result of them playing in IPL, which is all good for cricket. virat is definitely better than sachin while chasing, he excels in pressure which most indian batsmen cant. he is more like a ponting or richards kind of fearless batsman and hopefully should always bat at number 3.

  • on April 5, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Mr. virat kohli only second inning player please check his record in odi as wel as t20 in odi Mr. Kohli ave in second inning 64.68 but when he bat first his ave less than half ave 37.64 and same story in t20I fist inn ave 25.61 and second inn 82.86 so he is only second inn player not great player in this era just over rated player....

  • on April 4, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Without an iota of doubt, Kohli is the best batsmen going around in the world today. He along with AB are two great players of this post Sachin, Kallis & Ponting era. His knock today again reaffirmed his status of being a batsman of superficial powers. One can wonder what Kohli cannot do. While it may be premature to compare Kohli with greats of previous generations, it is worth admitting that he is second to none from that elite group and a player poised for an everlasting greatness. His genius in chasing a target may become a well orchestrated documentary for any sports lover & a lesson to budding cricketers. The manner in which he approaches the game, changes gears, not giving opposition a sniff, swift thinking will leave a fan in awe. There is visibly no weakness in his game and that can demoralize an opposition before even he walks in. He has flamboyance of Richards, Consistency of Dravid and Style of Sachin. If he repeats his heroics in final, India will remain unstoppable.

  • on April 6, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    He is a master of chase keep going virat.

  • JaranNirsi on April 6, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    I saw Kohli bat for the first time some time in 2009. I had returned to India after a few years and was desperate to watch some cricket, even if it was only on TV. I never did cotton on to baseball. I was astounded to watch this chap bat: he had the flair of Tendulkar, the orthodoxy of Dravid, and he played the ball later than anyone I had ever seen, and he was only 20-21 years of age. All I thought he needed was the singleness of purpose, the steely resolve, and the steadfastness of effort to become one of the truly great players. If all time. I am absolutely delighted that he is living up to his early promise, and hope that he continues to develop and succeed. Greatness awaits, and lies within his grasp.

  • vkumar_086 on April 5, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    @Anurag Chaudhary....where are you dear...any batsman can freely bat in first innings....but in 2nd innings batting, there are many hurdles...first one is pressure situation, 2nd is fear, 3rd is pitch may assist the bowlers...but if you see entire cricket history, only a handful of batsmen like bevan, Mike Hussey etc mastered over these hurdles....and kohli stands tall among these....he is still 25 years age and ahead of all the contemporary batsmen in any format, in any condition....give credit to players wherever it is required, plz dont be narrow minded person

  • archis100 on April 5, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    All we can say as a fan of India, and a fan of Cricket: Kohli is something! His cricketing brain is awesome, not just his batting. The man who for me underscored the power of quick singles in ODI is Javed Miandad. And the power of rotation of strike in T20 -- Dhoni and Kohli. When the bowler is busy figuring out the optimum variation he should inject in his next delivery, rotation of strike is the best variation a batsman can cause to throw him off.

    Can Kohli extend his golden run for one more match and give India the first repeat in t20 championship? Can someone else take the ownership and see India through in case Kohli fails?

  • on April 5, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    A few years ago, when Kohli was not a regular in the Indian ODI team, he was usually played as replacement player. But still had managed to reach no 3 in ODI batting ranks. One of the visitors Cricinfo site had commented on a story about team selection. He wrote that Kohli was an over rated player, there were better players, including his favourite player, who were not considered. I literally felt at that time that a player despite playing much less matches than being played by India could achieve such high ranking, he should be the first choice player. He became one sooner and rest is history.

  • on April 5, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Anurag, for any batsman chasing is always a big challenge...most of the time the pitch will be favourable for bowlers

  • on April 5, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    yeah kohli your the man !!! & it is unfair to compare ab & vk , both are world class , they use bottom hand effectively difference in their attitude kohli is down the ground player & ab specialist in improvisation though he can play down the ground as equaly as vk but he is different in approch , virat always play that delivery got ab to mid off or insde out by stepping out or just play to infront of squre , so instead comparing them just seat back & watch modern greats in making .

  • bangladesh_blaster on April 5, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Fearless batting by indian batsmen is the direct result of them playing in IPL, which is all good for cricket. virat is definitely better than sachin while chasing, he excels in pressure which most indian batsmen cant. he is more like a ponting or richards kind of fearless batsman and hopefully should always bat at number 3.

  • on April 5, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Mr. virat kohli only second inning player please check his record in odi as wel as t20 in odi Mr. Kohli ave in second inning 64.68 but when he bat first his ave less than half ave 37.64 and same story in t20I fist inn ave 25.61 and second inn 82.86 so he is only second inn player not great player in this era just over rated player....

  • tashan329 on April 5, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    @AmmaarMoosa ha ha ha good joke. Kohli is really bad in SA, AUS because he do not has triple hundreds in ODIs in those countries. HA HA HA HA

  • naren1983 on April 5, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Kohli is a complete cricketer. Proud & Lucky, we have a genius of Cricket generations, Gavaskar - genius Test batsman, Sachin - Genius Test & ODI batsman, Kohli - Genius Test, ODI & T20 batsman. India will definetely have upper hand against SL in Final. Its similar situation as like 2011 WC, India have all batsman in form and bowlers too producing wickets time to time, fielding is outstanding as well. Come on India, We are the Champions of Champions !!!

  • on April 5, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    @ammar.. Hahahahhahaha. Nice joke.. Dont know to face short balls?? And dnt know how to bat in safrica, aust??? I guess u should go in a comedy show.. Suits u the best..

  • cricespnfan7 on April 5, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    I admire all wtevr result in final india did vry well in t20wc2014, now bcci should think about testcrickt start in july so best player should rest from ipl &focus on test crickt and ready to give challenge to eng. So player like kohali, dhoni, rahane, pujara, shami, kumar should leave ipl for indian team and focus on test .for final I know india going to win ,..india india :-)

  • Biso on April 5, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    @Ammar Moosa:- Thats hilarious. Kohli does not know how to bat in Australia and South Africa. And has he really failed there in his first venture? Check records.

  • on April 5, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    why we indians always compare indviduals and b after records , we need to enjoy players in their present form and savour the moments

  • cricket_slcsupport on April 5, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Congrats team India. Well done Kholi. From a lankan fan

  • JuveriaTabassum on April 5, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    I can bet you anything the did NOT say "thats very kind of you"!!! anyways...BRILLIANT knock virat... he is undoubtedly the lynch pin of this line-up...coming in at 3,anchoring the innings..staying till the end...seeing it through very responsibly....he has definitely come of age....

  • warneneverchuck on April 5, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    He is best along with Abd at the moment...

  • on April 5, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    rohit is best start in 13 ball 24 run is key.run india pic runret but kohli & rahane good partnship good job india

  • sachin_vvsfan on April 5, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Call me a pessimistic fan but i am worried about the work load of Kholi. Being a Sachin fan the very first thing you would expect me to do is compare how Sachin and Kholi fared at the same age. I became a fan of Sachin back in 1998 the year he destroyed almost all opponents and scored a record 9 ODI centuries but hardly played any tests(thanks to BCCI with its renewed interest in ODIs post 1996 WC).Sachin was at his best at 25. At 26 he started getting the back problems and what continued was spate of injuries and He was NEVER the same player. Now same thing is happening here. Kholi is 25. India plays more shorter games now and some what reasonable num of test matches. Besides we have this meaningless IPL tournament where players exaggerate their injuries and skip the Test Cricket. BCCI should allow Grade A players to take adequate rest in the summer . If Kholi has to surpass Sachin as whole(which i really want) then BCCI should manage him well.In short Don't overuse our run machine

  • P.Srikanth on April 5, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    This man Virat Kohli is full of flowing vengeance. I think most of you would still remember the scenes during last T20 world cup, when the entire team was dejected due to defeat, this man was sitting on the boundary full of tears in his eyes, which shows his patriotism and love for the nation and he was waiting for this very opportunity to show the world he is champion and delivered. Srilanka, sorry guys...it is India again, and Kohli is now unstoppable.

  • on April 5, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Not even close to the best..... Still a long way..... Needs to learn how to bat in other countries like Australia nd South Africa to become the best.... Can't still face the short ball!!!! Poor

  • on April 5, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    Winning or Losing is secondary.Attitude & Character was shown in allowing Kohli to finish the Victory shot.Congrats to the Indian Team

  • on April 5, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    virat best in his generation

  • on April 5, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    Its not only shows big heart of Dhoni.Its a maturity he teaching to future captain as well. by seeing this Kholi can get better as a captain in future...

  • on April 5, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    kohli we are proud to have you in our national squad you have lived upto the expectations in every big match that too very calmly. Congrats!! on your innings and all the best for bringing the world cup home

  • on April 5, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    best inning, indeed! great work, keep that spirit up! cheers!

  • on April 5, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    MS is a already a Legend and Kohli is a Giant Legend in d making. Just hope that India find some better quick bowlers and we become a better Test Team also.. ADB for the Finals

  • nickexplore on April 5, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    A fascinating insight into the mind of Virat Kohli, probably the best T20 batsman in world cricket. India, with Kohli at the helm, paced the run-chase perfectly. We now look forward to a final pitting the two best T20 teams together, with both SL and India in top form, and capable of any run-chase.

  • on April 5, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    what a great sight dat was msd playing dot to let kohli hit d wining runs. i believe another reason kohli is so successful is coz dhoni always backs him and gives him dat environment to thrive. msd's greatness is reflected in d fact dat he always respect greatness. be it d ganguly's farewell test match, or motivating d whole team in 2011 wc for srt and den taking responsibility to finish it of himself.

  • TRAM on April 5, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    wow. So they DID talk about who hits the winning run. Shows (and it is amazing) how much of authority with which India has been winning the matches.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 4, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    SA missed Morne big time.Steyn was only attacking option in his absence.With both,Ind would've fallen well short.SA missed trick there for sure-expose Ind's pace'o'phobia.Also SA missed quality spinner on a pitch favoring such.Duminy is p/t @ best.cont..

  • REDHOTCHILI on April 4, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    Kohli is an amazing talent. I am awed with the way he constructs his innings. He doesn't like to throw away his wicket even after getting considerable amount of runs.This kind of temperament is very rare in majority of the batsmen. I often wonder, how come the likes of Rohit, Dhawan, Rahane do not learn or practice that art by watching Kohli. Why don't they try to emulate Kohli? I guess probably they lack that skill. It's not to suggest that everyone can be like Sachin or Kohli. Agrred that alll players don't posses the same skill levels, but even with limited skill set, one can practice temperament (not an inherited or characteristic one, but a learned behavior). It was so frustrating to watch Dhawan throw away his wkts after scoring few runs. In the match against Pakistan, He was in no position to hit that bouncer from Gul, He awkwardly scrambled for room and tried to hit that ball where he could afford to leave it safely. Rohit does the same. These guys can learn so much from kohli.

  • lovepork on April 4, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    Virat Bradman KOHLI, take a bow

  • crickketlover on April 4, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    I liked the last part. Great understanding between Kohli and Dhoni. Best of luck in the Finals.

  • on April 4, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    Kohli is the best. No doubt about it. India has the best all- round side in the tournament and the clear favourite to left the cup.

  • Right_Choice_Babay on April 4, 2014, 23:09 GMT

    Great game by Kholi, and others.

    Pitch was flat, with little help for spinners. Ashwin did a good job containing SA and Rahane,Rohit, Kohli did a good job to finish it.

    It is not like SA played bad, just India played better and won.

  • on April 4, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    Dhoni is Krishna - The God and Kohli is Arjun !!!

  • rajkrishnan on April 4, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    The difference between Kohli and the rest is the ability to think clearly, assess risk and execute his cricketing knowledge and skills under immense pressure. Unlike many he relishes these occasions to keep himself motivated and challenged. What is frightening (for his competitors) is that he is only 25!!!

  • Jagger on April 4, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    Where is Yuvraj's right thumb?

  • on April 4, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    I am sure this will rankle a lot of Sachin Fans but i believe Kohli at this point of his career is far more impressive batsmen than Sachin was especially in limited overs. The batting by Kohli seems more like my favorite Richards than Sachin ever was....

  • on April 4, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    Good chase and well done MSD & kholi and team India. Keep up the good work for the final. You guys still not achieved the target yet! Keep your feet on the ground until you all lift the WC!

  • Nampally on April 4, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    Indeed it was one of the best paced, reliable & responsible batting by Kohli that helped India beat SA. He was the heart & soul of the Indian batting & a great sheet anchor who saw India cross the Winning line with a 4 + Lion's Roar! He carried the weight of India on his shoulders just like he said when he carried Tendulkar on his shoulders after SRT's farewell knock. A superlative innings for its value, timing & rising to the expectations of a Nation! Hats off to Virat Kohli for an unforgettable knock par excellence. Of course the credit should also go to Rohit & Rahane for a Flying start of 39 @ 10runs/over. They put SA on back foot & on notice of India's intentions straight away. Yuvraj played a sedate but responsible knock. Finally Raina's onslaught of 17 runs in Over #17 sank the SA Players heart in the deepest valley. What an effort from "Finisher" Raina! Indian Bowlers were great led by Super Ashwin who "walked the Talk" with Guts & Glory! What a Magnifcient "Team work" India!

  • on April 4, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    This was a great knock by you mr dangerous... its a honor to watch u playing this typ of inning...

  • on April 4, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    Very good gesture by Dhoni. Great game Virat. India is proud of you and the whole team!! Jai Hind!!

  • on April 4, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    and many best yet to come.......kohli is going to break all records.....

  • Temuzin on April 4, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    Good job Kohli and dhoni is really a master of man management. Kohli deserved those winning runs and Dhoni appreciated kohli's contribution in his own unique way.

  • on April 4, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    Absolutely stunning stuff from the best batsman at the moment! watta player he is, champion!

  • Omarrz on April 4, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    What a class act! A perfect player! - A pak fan

  • on April 4, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    This is an humble Kohli acknowledging Dhoni.. I think Kohli has a chance to overtake Sachin in ODI and may come close in test..

  • on April 4, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    Yes it was the best knock from Virat...It was a treat to watch how he timed the ball!!! Fantastic batting display from the superman himself.

  • nachiketajoshi on April 4, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    You can tell this is as different a generation from Tendualkar's as Tenulkar's was from Sunil Gavaskar. The format they play is intense and demanding, so need a keen cricketing sense about it. Quick calculations, thinking on the feet, and playing mental games while being far more physical with the bat and the ball. The format is here to stay and flourish.

  • on April 4, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    a better batsman than Sachin.

  • RahulWise on April 4, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Extremely well played Kohli. He is greater than mighty Tendulkar in terms of contribution to wins percentage. India is lucky to keep finding very fine batsman. Do not forget the contribution of Raina to this win. His 16 runs in one over brought the equation to 23 of 18 balls from 40 of 24. Rohit and Rahane also shd be applauded, they gave very fine start.

  • on April 4, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Dhonii fantastic without scoring.. He won the match and people's heart

  • jishubhai on April 4, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    Keep playing these crazy cool innings......

  • on April 4, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    next tendulkar of new generation. ..kohli is the best batsman right now ... need one more innings from him★★ Yuvraj is done from 20/20. good luck India. .

  • on April 4, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Tough match though but India took it through...no doubt i,m the opposition...party lol

  • BigINDFan on April 4, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    This approach of Kohli is a key reason why he is such a dangerous player in chasing big totals. It is not easy especially in a big semi final against the likes of Steyn. For the first time after a long time the Indian batting order contributed in equal amounts and helped Kohli do what he does best - keep the scoreboard ticking and before you know it he is hitting the winning runs.

    Let's hope we see him hitting the winning runs in the final or taking the final catch :-)

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 4, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    Dear Virat, you are amazing, an awesome player for India. I think you have played many countless innings to bring glory to India. However, a pressure match like a world cup semi final is different ball game. So I agree with you. It was a magnificent innings. You played it like a true champion and took India home. Wish you all the best for the final. I am sure you will bring you 'A' game because that's what champions do. You are a champion Virat. God bless.

  • Rahul17_1983 on April 4, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    He is a born Genious.Best in world in all formats.followed by AB and Amla,Dhoni

  • lovepork on April 4, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    VIRAT BRADMAN KOHLI, take a bow, your all time best

  • on April 4, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    That was a good gesture by Dhoni. We know how much he like finishing these matches. But Kohli deserved it today.

  • on April 4, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    Kholi's best innings became best because of MSD....

  • on April 4, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    virat kohli is only one can break most records

  • SevereCritic on April 4, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    MS Dhoni - the Godfather of Indian cricket. And Kholi is his enforcer - the Luca Brasi.

  • on April 4, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    it was a real treat to watch the match

  • India-Do-Well on April 4, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    That last para really moved me. Tells you all about Dhoni, Kholi and this Indian team. For all its faults, I really like this team.

  • on April 4, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    No other words.... Just Brilliant stuff.....

  • on April 4, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    No other words.... Just Brilliant stuff.....

  • India-Do-Well on April 4, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    That last para really moved me. Tells you all about Dhoni, Kholi and this Indian team. For all its faults, I really like this team.

  • on April 4, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    it was a real treat to watch the match

  • SevereCritic on April 4, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    MS Dhoni - the Godfather of Indian cricket. And Kholi is his enforcer - the Luca Brasi.

  • on April 4, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    virat kohli is only one can break most records

  • on April 4, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    Kholi's best innings became best because of MSD....

  • on April 4, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    That was a good gesture by Dhoni. We know how much he like finishing these matches. But Kohli deserved it today.

  • lovepork on April 4, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    VIRAT BRADMAN KOHLI, take a bow, your all time best

  • Rahul17_1983 on April 4, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    He is a born Genious.Best in world in all formats.followed by AB and Amla,Dhoni

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 4, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    Dear Virat, you are amazing, an awesome player for India. I think you have played many countless innings to bring glory to India. However, a pressure match like a world cup semi final is different ball game. So I agree with you. It was a magnificent innings. You played it like a true champion and took India home. Wish you all the best for the final. I am sure you will bring you 'A' game because that's what champions do. You are a champion Virat. God bless.