The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli went on to play one of his best T20I knocks when he amassed 94* off 50 balls as India outplayed the West Indies by six wickets in the first T20I in Hyderabad on Friday. After a rather slow start to the humungous chase, Kohli was fired up after Kesrick Williams almost collided with him mid-pitch in the 13th over.
The Indian skipper then smashed Jason Holder for a maximum to reach his 23rd T20I fifty in the 15th over of the chase. Kohli was on a rampage in the 16th over bowled by Williams it which India score 23 runs. Virat even imitated Kesrick Williams’s “notebook” celebration after hitting him for a six. Here is the video of the same:
It was being believed that Kohli had copied Williams’ CPL send-off to Chadwick Walton but later on, he clarified that it was more of revenge.
During the post-match presentation ceremony when he received the man of the match award, Kohli said, “It’s not the CPL (about Williams’ celebration), it happened to me in Jamaica when he got me out. So I thought I’ll tick a few in the notebook as well, but all good. There were a few words, but smiles at the end. That’s what you want to see. Good competitive cricket but in the end shake hands and give a hi-fi. That’s what cricket is all about. Play it hard but have respect for opponents.”
Virat put on a crucial 100-run second-wicket partnership with KL Rahul, who made 62, as the hosts reached their target of 208 in 18.4 overs to lead the three-match series 1-0. Kohli smashed six fours and as many sixes to record his career-best T20I score, beating his previous high of 90 with a winning hit over the rope.
The second match will be played in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.