IND beat ENG in 2nd T20 – Virat Kohli says Thank you AB DeVilliers: Indian captain Virat Kohli scored brilliant unbeaten innings of 73 from just 49 balls to ensure that India beat England in 2nd T20 game on Sunday. And Virat has thank someone very special for this performance i.e his IPL and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammate AB De Villiers.
IND beat ENG – Virat Kohli says thanks to RCB mate AB DeVilliers, ‘had a special chat with ABD before the match’
India thrashed World No. 1 England by 7 wickets to tie the 5 match series 1-1. Virat Kohli and debutant Ishan Kishan played stellar knocks in Indian victory as they chased down 165 runs target with two overs to spare.
Captain Kohli stayed unbeaten on 73 of 49 balls. Kohli has completed his 26th 50 in T20 internationals and in process all became the first batsman to score 3000 T20 Runs.
“I had a special chat with ABD before the start of the game and he just told me to watch the ball. That’s exactly what I did”, said Kohli during the post match conference.
Virat was all praise for debutant Ishan Kishan who scored match-winning 56 against England.
“Special mention to Ishan the way he batted. I tried to do what I can but he kept following his instincts and it was a quality innings on debut. When you play in the IPL with such dominance like he has and he is a fearless character and he knew that he was hitting the ball well and he is very calculated and not restless. Today that counterattacking innings from him and that partnership was brilliant”, said Kohli on Ishan Kishan’s innings.
Ishank Kishan on his part thanked the captain and Mumbai Indians management. According to him, they asked me to express and all credit to them that I could do the same.
“Credit goes to my seniors who told me to go and express myself. It’s not easy to come and play your first game against a quality side. Mumbai Indians helped me a lot and I want to continue the momentum. Wanted to finish the game and I knew there is a senior player batting superbly at the other end. I was disappointed with the fact that I didn’t finish the game. Dad passed away a few days back and he always said that you have to go out and score and I want to dedicate this award to him”, said emotional Kishan.