Virat Kohli Reveals The ‘Precise’ Advice He Got From MS Dhoni
Kholi’s side have to win their final Group B fixture at The Oval to avoid an embarrassing exit from a tournament they went into as holders and title favourites. “We wanted to improve on it, and we got it”, Kohli analysed.
When Virat Kohli, who started fairly tentatively, had got to 21, Andile Phehlukwayo got him to nibble at one outside off stump.
The Indian captain said, “The opportunity comes your way, you have to grab it”.
Despite the loss to Sri Lanka in the second match, Team India managed to do well in the third match. If India loses this game, then South Africa will reach semi-finals along with the victor of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka game from Group B.
With the win, India qualified for the 2nd Semi Final to be played against Bangladesh at Birmingham on June 15.
“Obviously he is a big player for us, and he was looking good and it was a crunch time in the game”. We like that pitch.
They will need a far more determined effort to prosper when they face England in one-day and Test action shortly.
“There’s always going be questions until we do get it right”, he said.
Whether he likes it or not, Proteas skipper AB de Villiers is the flagbearer of that failure as leader.
Regarding the nearly 24 overs worth of dot balls delivered by India’s bowlers, he said, “See, I don’t know the figures”.
Come the big event and a match that mattered, South Africa’s stars went AWOL yet again.
They did manufacture a spark of belief when Morne Morkel surprised Rohit Sharma with an unexpected line to catch the edge and be caught behind for 12. Coming into the contest with the knowledge that another slip-up would pull the plug on their Champions Trophy campaign, Kohli’s team put in a complete performance and vanquished the Proteas by 8 wickets. It was Pakistan’s attack, a well-balanced mix of spin and speed, that put them in a position to beat South Africa and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed will look to his bowlers to repeat that performance against Sri Lanka.
With such a small target, India were never in danger of falling behind the run rate and Dhawan kept them on cruise control with some lusty blows off Imran Tahir.
Overall, in the 147 matches the two sides have played against each other, Pakistan have won 84 as against 58 by Sri Lanka.
Sent into bat by Kohli, South Africa were bowled out for 191 in 44.3 overs.
Kohli hardly had to break sweat as he reached his 68th ODI fifty.
Yuvraj Singh (23 not out) would be the man to help Kohli guide India home, hammering a massive six as the reigning champions reached their goal with 12 overs remaining.