I never think for myself, it is always about what the team needs, says Virat Kohli
Skipper Virat Kohli has said that for him India comes first and that the reason behind its surreal consistency is the fact that it puts the team ahead and the pride of playing for his country keeps it going.
Virat Kohli marked his twenty-half-century on T20I as he drove India to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over South Africa in Mohali on Wednesday night. “The badge in front of my shirt. I’m proud to play for my country,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation when asked why his consistency. “Whatever it takes, whatever the format, to cross the line, I will. If you want to win a game for your team, you’ll find away. That’s the most important thing. I never think for myself, and it’s always about what the team needs. Cricket test, one day of cricket: the will should be to win the game for your country.”
During his innings, Kohli beat teammate Rohit Sharma in the most runs scored in T20I cricket and again took his average of more than 50 in the format. He scored 72 undefeated out of 52 when India revised the target of 150 with a spare.
Virat Kohli, who is the only hitter with an average of more than 50 in Tests, ODI and T20I simultaneously, says the goal of bringing the team over the line is the reason it fits so well into each format. “Adapting to different formats is just a mindset to make your team win,” he said.
South Africa got off to a good start with the starters running at 31 in 3.4 overs before Indian bowlers, led by young spinner Deepak Chahar (2/22) returned to restrict tourists to 149/5 in 20 overs. Kohli praised his effort by saying that consistency and performance under pressure will make young people a world of good.
“The pitch was perfect and an excellent effort on the part of the bowlers to push things back. As long as they (young bowlers) show character in difficult situations, they will present a solid case for them in the future. Many positive signs for us, and you will get many more games to prove your worth. They’re going in the right direction, ” he said.