India defeated Pakistan by 124 runs in the opening game of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. This historic win against the arch enemy gave Indians another day to celebrate. Team India’s game spirit and efforts bore fruits. Not one but all the players gave their best and contributed in the victory.
Players like Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan and many others outshined with their exceptional performance. But, it’s the team’s skipper who won our heart at the end. The post match interview of Virat Kohli is making people respect his more. He not only thanked the team but also showed enough modesty to appreciate the individual efforts of his teammates that made India defeat Pakistan.
Talking about his team and their combined effort, Kohli said,
The intent from Shikhar was outstanding. Rohit took his time. He needed runs under his belt. From the next game he will be expressive and we all know what kind of a batsman he is. I felt like a club batter in front of Yuvi. He took all the pressure off me, when I was not hitting it well.
Yuvraj is in the team because he is a game changer. Hardik as well finishing it off was really outstanding. The batting I would say was 10 out of 10. The bowling and fielding, I would cut one mark. Purely because of the fact that we were playing Pakistan.
They play spin really well. Most of their line is made up of right-handers. In pressure situations to be able to hit over mid-off and mid-on is tough. That allowed us to pick wickets and be aggressive throughout the innings. Guys who don’t play spin well, we will play with 2 spinners. It is about who you are playing against.
He further added,
With the bat and the ball we were right up there, 9 out of 10. In the field we were 6 out of 10. If we tune that up to 8 or 9, we will be a very strong side in the tournament. I think this was a very complete performance starting the tournament. We took the momentum that we gained from the practice games into this game. Skillwise we were really very good. This is a tournament of all champion teams, where you can’t let off at any stage. The batsman chipped in with the runs. Last time we won here, Shikhar and Rohit were the key.
I felt like a club batter in front of him, @YUVSTRONG12 was outstanding.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) June 4, 2017
Kohli’s modesty while talking about Yuvraj,
Kohli: Yuvi took pressure off when I couldn’t get runs. The way he was hitting the ball, I felt like a club batter in front of him #INDvPAK
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) June 4, 2017
After this historic win, Twitterati couldn’t stop appreciating captain Kohli. Here’s how fans appreciated Virat Kohli’s captaincy and Team India’s efforts.
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— Rajesh Savarna (@RajeshSavarna) June 4, 2017
— Karan Tacker (@karantacker) June 4, 2017
Virat Kohli once again establishes as why he is genuinely regarded & respected as one of the best in the business in today cricketing world.
— Rauf Klasra (@KlasraRauf) June 4, 2017
— Nikhil Chinapa (@nikhilchinapa) June 4, 2017
— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) June 4, 2017
— Prathamesh Avachare (@onlyprathamesh) June 4, 2017