After Virat Kohli single-handedly vanquished Australia with a sizzling batting show in Mohali, the 27-year-old cooled down with a bottle of champagne as the rest of India celebrated Team Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s gallant entry into the ICC World T20 semifinals. (Kohli’s Masterful Knock Powers India to World T20 Semifinals)
Kohli was seen spraying champagne in the team hotel with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh looking on. There were cakes too as the Indian vice-captain was the apple of all eyes. (Beaten by Cricketing Genuis: Maxwell’s Pays Homage to Magical Kohli)
Needing a win against Australia and chasing 161 on a tricky Mohali pitch, India were reduced to 49/3 at one stage, after the openers failed to fire.
Yuvraj Singh struggled with a twisted ankle before getting out with India at 94/4. Kohli took charge, as he has frequently done in the recent past, smashing a 51-ball 82 not out, studded with two sixes and nine fours.
The winning runs were scored by Dhoni, who heaved the first ball of the 20th over, a full toss served by James Faulkner, at long-on for a four. But for most part, the skipper watched Kohli’s glorious innings from the non-striker’s end.
Kohli celebrated India’s win by going down on his knees and shunning his aggressive mannerisms like blowing kisses to dressing room or punching the air with his fist.
Kohli said Sunday’s knock was one of his top three innings and that he was emotional about it.