Emotional Kohli terms his 82-run knock against Australia his best in T20

  • PTI, Mohali
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2016 11:02 IST
Virat Kohli scored a match-winning 82 off 51 balls. (PTI Photo)

An “emotional” and “overwhelmed” Virat Kohli on Sunday termed his matchwinning 82-run knock against Australia as his best in Twenty20 internationals.

The Australian attack fizzled out in front of Kohli’s onslaught as he single-handedly led India to the semifinals of the World T20.

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“This innings has to be in my top three, perhaps the top right now because I’m a bit emotional,” Kohli said after being adjudged Man-of-the-match.

Kohli said challenges and tough situations are imperative to improve apart from acknowledging support of the fans.

“I would like to thank the crowd, it was unbelievable, the support helps you push through those tough times. This is what you play cricket for. You need challenges in every game, they improve you as a cricketer. I don’t know what to say, I am overwhelmed,” he said.

Kohli also pointed out that the presence of his cool-headed skipper MS Dhoni at the other end was very crucial for him.

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“Yuvi had a good partnership and then MS kept me calm. I could have got very excited. It’s a team effort,” he said.

Asked about his and Dhoni’s electrifying running between the wickets, Kohli said,” We have always run well, we have a great understanding. That’s why you train in the gym, that’s why you have those sprints, you have those fitness regimes. All of those paid off today.”

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