Indian captain Virat Kohli led the Indian assault in reply to West Indies’ 207 runs. Coming in after the early dismissal of Rohit Sharma, Kohli did not look in his usual best. After facing 20 balls, Kohli had scored only 20 with him struggling to find his timing. Then began the acceleration with shots that were nothing less than a visual treat.
A pumped Virat Kohli, during the innings, gave Kesrick Williams a taste of his own medicine. A ball on the pads was flicked dramatically into the Hyderabad sky, and ended up in the stands of the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Kohli then literally wrote of Williams.
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Williams is known for this unique celebration, which had first come out in the Carribean Premier League.
Kesrick Williams celebration in CPL:
However, Kohli said after the match that he had experienced it in Jamaica and not what he saw in CPL.
“It’s not the CPL, it happened to me in Jamaica when he got me out,” he said in the post match presentation. “So I thought I’ll tick a few in the notebook as well, but all good. There were a few words, but smiles at the end. That’s what you want to see. Good competitive cricket.”
After the celebration, Kohli played a few more exotic shots to take the game completely away from the visitors. Eventually, a flat six over covers, again from Kohli, took India home with eight balls to spare. The Indian captain remained six short of a century as India chased their highest target in T20 Internationals.
The Indian chase was set up by opener KL Rahul. After the early loss of Rohit Sharma, Rahul and Kohli contributed to 100 runs before the former was dismissed for 62. Kohli, like so many times in his career, stayed till the end see his team through.