A Nail Biting Match That Brought the Nation Tears of Joy
Last night’s World T20 cricket match in Mohali made history in its own way with the mind-blowing six-wicket victory of India over Australia. And the man behind the unexpected win was the magnificent Virat Kohli!
In the last couple of years, Kohli has stood out as the knight in the shining armor when India has had a crisis like situation. He has undoubtedly delivered victorious runs for the country and followed the footsteps of his idol Sachin Tendulkar.
This time too, Kohli fearlessly delivered a smashing 82, not out, from 51 balls with nine fours and two sixes. His performance has proved that hope lies even in the darkest of hours.
When Australia made a score of 160 for 6, a possibility of India’s win was there. But the poor start of India on the batting forum left everyone disheartened until Kohli pulled out his magic wand. With the unfortunate wickets of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina by the 8th over, it seemed that Yuvraj Singh and Kohli would together beat the odds. Suddenly a twist came when Yuvraj sprained his ankle and had to struggle to pick up twos. In the 14th over, India was at 94 for 4 and required 67 runs from 36 balls.
After Yuvraj’s wicket, Kohli lifted the game and the spirit with captain MS Dhoni’s partnership. Both swung their bats with back-to-back fours and a six in the last three overs and the table turned to India’s side.
The last ball was breathtaking and I am not sure how many heart attacks it might have led to. India needed 4 runs in 6 balls and just then Dhoni hit a winning four that got the team, the crowd and the nation to dance and jump in celebration.
Social media was flooded with praises for our hero Virat Kohli. In his own words, an emotional Kohli described his unbeaten, match-winning and World T20 semi-final spot as his best innings in the format.
We are emotional too, Virat! You have brought the nation pride and here’s to many more triumphs!
Watch out for India vs West Indies match at 7.00 pm on 31st March at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Keeping fingers crossed!