Virat Kohli Credits wife Anushka Sharma, AB de Villiers And Team Management After 73*
After putting behind a string of low scores – by his standards – with an unbeaten 49-ball 73 in the second T20I against England, India captain Virat Kohli said he had a chat with the team management, his wife Anushka and even AB de Villiers prior to the game that helped him get back among the runs.
Kohli had made ducks in his last two international innings and his half-century on Sunday helped India chase down 165 easily, along with Ishan Kishan’s fifty on debut.
“I had to shift the focus back to the basics of the game. Probably thinking of too many variables from the outside. I always take pride in the fact that I do the job for the team, so happy I did that than that I got 70 odd,” he said at the post match presentation.
“The management spoke to me about things. Anushka is here so she also keeps speaking to me about thinks.
“I had a special chat with AB de Villiers before the game. He told me just watch the ball. That’s exactly what I did.”
Kohli was full of praise for the likes of Washington Sundar, Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya.
“Quite a good game for us, we ticked all boxes we wanted to. To give only 34 in last 5, it was very smart from our bowlers. Special mention to Washi, he bowled to only one left hander and used the big boundary well to the right handers. Hardik and Shardul bowled well,” he said.
“We knew that there was little bit of dew on the wicket and the ball would come on a little better.
“Special mention to Ishan. I tried to do what I can but he changed the game completely. He took the game away from the opposition totally. Quality innings on debut.
“When you play in the IPL with such dominance like he has against quality bowlers, we’ve seen him hit international fast bowlers for big sixes. He’s a fearless character, should continue to back his instinct. We had a conversation before the game. He took his chances but it was calculated, wasn’t reckless. That’s what you want to see from youngsters. Today that counter-attacking innings of his and our partnership was something the team needed.
“He (Hardik) has worked really hard on his fitness and next few months he is gonna be a vital part of this team moving forward in all three formats. He plays for the team all the time and those kind of players are priceless. They were always in the game and you gotta be really precise in this format which is what we did today.”