Virat Kohli’s typically brash attitude has nothing to do with his batting. It’s all about fine technique, decent footwork and a huge determination to score runs every time he goes out to bat in the middle. His cricket qualities only help enhance his confidence on the field and it mixes nicely with the way he takes on the bowlers, which sometimes borders on the condescending.
On Sunday, the target wasn’t too steep. Yet, it needed someone to bat on so that India could cruise on, especially after Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed in the first over. Spinner Samuel Badree was looking to use the conditions well and another breakthrough, considering Yuvraj Singh’s dodgy form, and India could have been on the backfoot. But the way he middled the ball right from the word go had a calming effect on Rohit Sharma at the other end as well.
Their 106-run stand for the second wicket virtually took away any chance of West Indies coming back in the match. In the process, Virat got to his 50 off 34 balls with five fours and a six and Rohit brought up his half-century off 42 balls with four fours and two sixes. Of course, Virat looked determined to stay on till the end and complete the match until he chopped an Andre Russell delivery onto the stumps with India needing just 23 more to win off 32 balls. It was no surprise that Virat was so disappointed with the dismissal. He kept hitting his pads with the bat and shaking his head on his walk back to the dugout.
However, it allowed Yuvraj to spend some valuable time in the middle. He did not come out with flying colours, and left with India needing to get one run of the last three balls. However, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni felt it was only due to pressure having come back into the squad after being left out for the Asia Cup.