The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli led from the front in another chase as he remains unbeaten on 72 off 52 balls during India’s 7-wicket victory over South Africa in the second T20I of the three-match series in Mohali on Wednesday. With his splendid knock which was supported by 4 fours and 3 sixes, Virat has now surpassed Rohit Sharma to become the leading run-scorer in T20Is.
Kohli now has amassed as many as 2,441 runs from 71 T20Is as compared to Rohit’s 2,434 runs from 97 matches. Needing 150 to win, the visitors got off to a solid start despite losing Rohit in the powerplay itself. The Indian skipper then added 61 runs with Shikhar Dhawan for the 2nd wicket to put India in a commanding position.
Dhawan, who made 40 off 31 deliveries, was dismissed owing to a brilliant catch by an airborne David Miller at long-on with Tabraiz Shamsi getting the breakthrough. But Virat, who went on to complete his 22nd T20I fifty in 71 matches, made sure that India goes past the winning line without more hiccups along with Shreyas Iyer, who scored 16 including the winning four.
Talking about his known after the match, Kohli said, “When you play like that and win a game for your team, it is always a good feeling. The pitch was very good and an outstanding effort from the bowlers to pull things back. A lot of positive signs for us and we are going in the right direction. The badge in front of my shirt – India – it is a pride to play for my country. If you want to win a game for your team, you will find a way. The will should be to win the game for your country.”
He further added, “Adapting in different formats is nothing but a mindset of making your team win. I never think for myself, it’s always about what the team needs. Test cricket, one-day cricket … the will should be to win the game for your country.”
India now has an unassailable lead of 1-0 in the three-match series after the opening game being washed out. The final match will be played in Bengaluru on Sunday.