Veteran Indian batter Virat Kohli said that one of the main reasons why his match-winning partnership with KL Rahul against Australia was special was that they both had to grind it out in the middle. From a horrific start at 2/3, the two batters steadied the ship and brought India back in the innings and they eventually won as well.
In a video posted by the BCCI, Virat Kohli told KL Rahul about their partnership: “The highlight of our partnership for me was how content we were to just knock the ball around. It was not about how many balls we had played and how many runs we had got. Just fighting through the physical challenges of what we had come through in the afternoon and in the evening the pressure even makes you more tensed and fatigued. Just knocking the ball around and reducing the total by 10-15 runs at a time. That for me was something that helped us build the big partnership.”
He further added, “I know the situation wasn’t ideal. When you came in, I know you were all over the place while walking in and you were still padding up and putting gloves and all that (laughs). The first thing I told you was that it was a quick turnaround. It was quite bizarre. The start was quite bizarre.”
However, India will now play against Afghanistan in their next World Cup match in Delhi at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, which is also Virat Kohli’s home ground. He also has a pavilion named after him and he feels privileged to have the feeling of going back to where it all belonged for him as well.
“Of course for me that’s a place where I have played my age-group cricket, Ranji trophy cricket and for India as well. So that memory is always fresh as when you go back into those memories you can feel it because that’s where everything started. It’s a bit awkward for me to be still playing and playing in front of a pavilion named after me.”I don’t like to talk a lot about it but it’s a great honor and I hadn’t thought that it would happen when my career started and I feel great to go back and see the things that have happened,” Virat Kohli concluded.