With his amazing record as a finisher, especially in crunch situations, Virat Kohli is a match-winner like none other.
By the time India's pivotal ICC World T20 game against Australia at Mohali ended exactly, Virat Kohli had single-handedly taken his team home. He culled out magnificent unbeaten 82 beautiful runs, as he drove, flicked and cut with practised ease, beating Australia by 6 wickets.
After restricting Australia to 160 for 6, India had a poor start, the Indians lost openers Shikhar Dhawan (13) and Rohit Sharma (12), who both had not done much in the previous matches, early in the chase and then came Kohli, like great men do in moments of crisis, took charge. Kohli (82 not out) provided the spark with a superlative display of batting to help India overhaul the target with five balls to spare in a thrilling showdown at the IS Bindra Stadium. India was left to get 39 in the last three overs but Kohli got the team home to 162 for four in 19.1 overs. His 82 not out came from 51 balls, studded with nine fours and two sixes.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (18 not out) hit the winning runs — a four — to the wild celebration at the Indian camp as well among the vociferous crowd.
The secret of limited-overs boundary-hitting is to place it just wide of the fielder in the circle and leave the boundary rider too much works to do and Kohli is utterly brilliant at it. India will meet West Indies in the semi-final at Mumbai while New Zealand and England will slug it out in another at Delhi.
Fans erupted into joy as India beat Australia to enter WC T-20 semis - raising pro-India and pro-Virat Kohli slogans, the jubilant fans celebrating waving the TRICOLOUR and bursting into celebrations were seen in several Indian cities.
On Social Media, debate is ON - Is Virat better than the Master Blaster Himself? Comparisons are also drawn with Sachin’s 1998 Sharjah innings against the same opponents.