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Virat Kohli: Singles as important as sixes in T20 cricket

Virat Kohli got 40 runs from a total of 72 via singles and twos © Getty Images
Virat Kohli got 40 runs from a total of 72 via singles and twos © Getty Images

Mirpur: Apr 4, 2014

Virat Kohli is a master in run-chases and the innings against South Africa in the ICC World T20 2014 semi-final is yet another proof of it. It was an innings that showed his great control and temperament despite a mounting run-rate and a quality bowling attack to counter. India beat South Africa by six wickets to get into the T20 World Cup final. Kohli scored an unbeaten 72 off 44 deliveries with five fours and two sixes.

A very pertinent feature of Kohli’s innings was the way he rotated strike and placed the ball in the gaps for ones and twos. In his first 50 runs, he had scored only 16 runs in boundaries, which is surprising considering that it is a T20 game. In all, Kohli got 40 runs in singles and twos.

When asked about the importance of singles, Kohli said, “I believe, in a T20 match, a single is as important as a six. I think there was a stage where I had scored 20 in 17 balls without hitting a boundary. If you can do that and then hit two boundaries, your strike-rate goes up. It is very important to rotate strike and keep the scoring rate going.

“Also, if you place three balls in an over for twos and then hit a boundary, suddenly it is a good over for you,” said Kohli.

When asked about calculations in the middle he said, “It is all about analysing the runs scored, the run-rate. Today, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane gave us a very good start. That helped me and sometimes one can underestimate the value of those good small starts.”

When asked about the Sri Lankan team, whom India will meet in the final on April 6, Kohli said, “Their bowling has been strong in this tournament. We are not thinking about that. We have got confidence from this victory. We shouldn’t think about the pressure. Yes, we want to win the cup, but we won’t say we have to as that would put pressure on us.”

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