Thiruvananthapuram: India skipper Virat Kohli has garnered praise from cricketing greats and fans for his match-winning unbeaten 94-run knock against West Indies in Hyderabad, which powered the Men in Blue to an emphatic six-wicket win in the first affair of the three-match T20I series.
Legendary Windies cricketer Viv Richards had also lauded Kohli’s effort and the Indian run-machine has graciously accepted his praise.
Richards appreciated Kohli on Twitter, saying: “Amazing. Just amazing, Virat Kohli.”
Kohli too noted Richards appreciation and responded: “Thanks, big BOSS. Coming from you means a lot.”
Meanwhile, the India skipper could reach another massive T20I milestone on Sunday as he has amassed 975 runs in the shortest format at home and if he manages to score 25 runs here in Thiruvananthapuram, he would become the first Indian cricketer to complete 1000 runs in the shortest format of the game at his own backyard.
Speaking after the game in Hyderabad, Kohli had said: “I don’t want to change my game too much because I play all three formats. I just want to contribute in all three formats, that’s what I want to do. I don’t want to be a formatting specialist. When you are chasing a big total, there are a lot of distractions with the scoreboard pressure. But after a few dots, the game puts you in a position where you just have to hold your shape and play the shots.”
Also, Kohli now has 12 Man of the Match awards to his name in the T20I format — joint highest with Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi. Interestingly, Shahid Afridi holds the second position with 11 awards.