Virat Kohli on Sunday told bcci.tv 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.
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.
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.
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.