Surviving Mohammad Amir and how, Virat Kohli explains

Virat Kohli said he was delighted to have come out unscathed on such a tricky strip and under a lethal pace bowling attack.

By: Express News Service | Mirpur | Updated: February 29, 2016 11:38 am
India vs Pakistan, Virat Kohli, Asia Cup 2016, Kohli India, Kohli vs Pakistan, Mohammad Amir, Ind vs Pak news, Ind vs Pak result, cricket news, Cricket updates, Cricket Virat Kohli scored a patient 49 under pressure to help India chase down 83. (Source: AP)

Virat Kohli on Sunday told that Mohammad Amir’s four-over burst in the Asia Cup T20 on Saturday was one of the most challenging spells of fast bowling he had faced, and added that his match-winning knock of 49 against the arch rivals was a great learning curve for him as a batsman.

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On Pakistan’s bowling

Hats off to the way the Pakistan bowlers bowled — especially Mohammad Amir. It was a pleasure playing that spell; that tested me out completely. To come out of that, it gives me a lot of confidence as a batsman. I am just delighted that I could contribute to the team’s success and winning high pressure games is always nice.


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On his game plan against Amir & Co

It was just about keeping the scoreboard ticking and not giving away wickets. But my intent was always positive. If I had some deliveries that were loose, I went after them playing correct cricketing shots which was very important on this pitch.


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Run-rate not an issue

The mental switch was to immediately go into an ODI zone rather than a T20 one as the run-rate was not an issue. It was just about keeping the scoreboard ticking and not giving away wickets. But my intent was to play proper cricketing shots which was very important on this pitch.


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On his match-winning knock

This is definitely a challenging knock. I think chasing a low total is always tricky when you are three wickets down for eight runs with the ball swinging around. It is never easy to go and dig in and carve out an innings from there. That is where you need to understand what needs to be done on a pitch which is doing a bit. As a batsman you feel a lot better when you come out of spells like that rather than on a track that is batsman friendly. I am personally very happy that I could face may be 12 to 13 overs of hostile bowling like that.

On India’s bowling

The way the bowlers started off the innings was brilliant. Nehra picked up a wicket in the very first over and then Bumrah came in and did the job. There were a couple of run-outs as well, so it was a comprehensive bowling and fielding effort, something which we can be proud of.

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First Published on: February 29, 2016 12:31 am
  1. S
    Feb 28, 2016 at 6:44 pm
    Till date India has been paying him. India gave him the support, love, everything and this is what he has to say. Shame on him. Praising a stani bowler.
    1. A
      Feb 29, 2016 at 9:47 am
      Playing cricket for money is not playing 4 country. Ask them to play w/o money..
      1. S
        Feb 29, 2016 at 3:09 pm
        Don't forget Kohli was given a 2nd life by not being given LBW in Amir's first over. The end result would have been completely different had Kohli been given out.
        1. T
          Tanmoy Kar
          Feb 28, 2016 at 4:26 pm
          As a cl batsman Kohli has shown every Asian cricketers how to bat in a tricky and y wicket.
          1. A
            Feb 28, 2016 at 8:51 pm
            It would be great to watch more battles between him and Amir. Kohli will deal with him successfully given his confidence and skills.
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