The hosts India taking on the World Champions Australia, as it came down to this one final match in Group 2. The stakes could not have been higher as the winners of this high voltage encounter would move forward to lock horns with the West Indies in the semi-finals. Both the teams have had a similar kind of World Cup till this point and it was almost impossible to pick a winner on paper.
But as it turned out, one man from Delhi decided to go out and steal the lime light and show the world why class has a different level of respect in any form of cricket. The fact that the lad scored half the team’s runs and that too while chasing, recites the story of Virat Kohli’s escalating stature in world cricket. So in this edition of EssentiallySports, we would love to highlight some of the talking points from this exhilarating India – Australia encounter:
1. Virat Kohli – A True Master class
He may not be as genteel as someone you expect to be in the gentleman’s game, but whenever he steps into that field, he may contribute to that self-made legacy which is difficult to not be smitten with. A man infused with so much self-motivation and passion for the game – Virat Kohli may have played one of the best international innings when he walked out against the Aussies in Mohali.
The reason why it can be alluded as one of the very best is because of the impeccable temperament and indomitable self-confidence shown by this man throughout this innings. He waded through the choppy waters, kept calm, built up his innings and finally when the situation demanded, wielded his stick to every nook and cranny of the ground to prise out those needed boundaries.
It may be recorded as a 51 ball 82, but it was an innings that was worthy of a top class century. The reason which made it all the more predisposing and pleasing to the eye was because of the fact that it didn’t had any paddle sweeping a fast bowler to fine leg, or reversing sweeping to an off spinner or what not, it was plain genuine orthodox text book cricketing shots which were just applied to perfection. People may still reserve their choices about the best batsman in the limited editions in the present day, but when it comes to chasing in a high-pressure situation, we all know who the paterfamilias is.