India lost the first match in the ICC T20I World Cup and now will play the second match against Pakistan and a lot is expected from Virat Kohli.
There is no doubt that Virat Kohli is one of the best batsmen in world cricket today and is in the form of his life. After the exist of Sachin Tendulkar, it was Kohli who was looked at as an able replacement to him, though there were other players like Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma who were no less explosive. But, what sets Virat Kohli apart is the ability of to play under pressure.
While speaking during one of the presentation ceremonies, he said that he enjoys playing under pressure and that it gets the best out of him. No wonder, it is Virat who primarily performs under pressure in big games, when others find the going difficult. One can easily remember his knock of 49 runs against Pakistan in the recently concluded Asia Cup. When there were two quick wickets in the first over and batsmen were finding it hard to get adjusted to the fiery Pakistani bowling, it was Kohli who stood the test of pitch (and the time) to guide India to a win in a low-scoring match.
Most of Kohli’s centuries have come for India when chasing and were in a winning cause.
That’s what makes him so different. How can Indian fans forget the century against Australia when India needed 365 (or so) runs to win? Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma had given India a rollicking start and the final riots were completed by Kohli who wasn’t intimidated by the Aussie attack.
The opening match of the Indian team against New Zealand was a damp squib. India is known to be the favorites in the tournament and an opening loss might have certainly hurt their chances. India’s big match is on Saturday against Pakistan. India has never lost any World Cup match against their arch-rivals. And India need to win on the big day for two reasons – to keep their unbeaten streak against Pakistan going and to open their account on the points table.
India has often played their best cricket against Pakistan and has an unbeaten streak of records in the ICC World Cups. India has never lost a single WC match both in ODI and T20I format. It has been 10-0 in India’s favor so far. No wonder, India will like to keep their slate clean. Only time now has the answer as India’s big batting guns will be raring to go against the fiery Pakistani bowling.
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