Virat Kohli was a man on a mission in the third and final T20I series against West Indies in the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, smashing a stroke-filled unbeaten 70 as he helped India post 240 on the board. The skipper, who had struck an eloquent 94 in the first T20I in Hyderabad, bagged the Player of the Series award and dedicated the gift to his wife Anushka on their second wedding anniversary.
“It was a pretty special inning and also being our second wedding anniversary, it was a special gift. It was a special night and one of the best innings I have played,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Someone who is more of a boundary hitter, Virat Kohli smashed as many as seven sixes in his knock that came in just 29 balls as Windies went down by 67 runs, thus giving India the series 2-1.
The win came while batting first, an Achilles Heel of the Indian side and Kohli could not have been more pleased with the side’s efforts. “We had spoken a lot. It was about going out on the field and executing. I had the opportunity to do something different, which I don’t usually do. I told KL to stay on till the end, and said I’ll try and smash a few,” he said.
Kohli further added rather modestly that he feels he can play match-winning knocks across formats for the Men in Blue, and he will be eager to play as many T20I games heading to the World T20 Cup in Australia in October 2020.
“I know that I can contribute in all formats, it’s about putting your mind to it. My role becomes crucial because I have to play two roles. I’m trying to be able to play like this as well,” he added.
“You have to do it out there in the middle to gain confidence from it. I think two guys in the middle with clarity, the way Rahul and Rohit played today, that is key. Batting first [earlier], we’ve been too tight and hesitant, should we go for it, should we not.”