ICC Champions Trophy: This was our best game so far, says captain Virat Kohli

By: |
London | June 11, 2017 11:44 PM

Indian captain Virat Kohli today called the eight-wicket demolition of South Africa their "best game so far" in the ICC Champions Trophy but quickly cautioned against complacency.

ICC Champions Trophy, best game so far, Virat Kohli, india in semi finals, Defending champions India, tournament, Indian captain Virat KohliIndian captain Virat Kohli today called the eight-wicket demolition of South Africa their “best game so far” in the ICC Champions Trophy but quickly cautioned against complacency. (PTI)

Indian captain Virat Kohli today called the eight-wicket demolition of South Africa their “best game so far” in the ICC Champions Trophy but quickly cautioned against complacency. Defending champions India qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament with as many as 12 overs to spare at the Oval. “This is probably our best game we played so far… the most complete performance,” Kohli said after the match. Sent into bat by Kohli, South Africa were bowled out for 191 in 44.3 overs. In reply, India chased down the target with 12 overs to spare, reaching 193 for two in 38 overs, to set up a last-four clash with Bangladesh. “It was a good toss to win, the wicket didn’t change too much. A decent wicket to bat on. The fielders backed our bowlers,” Kohli said. India showed intensity from the word go, and the reward was a comprehensive win. While the bowlers fired as a unit, which was backed up by impressive fielding, Shikhar Dhawan (78) and Kohli (76 not out) led the batting show. The Indian captain said, “The opportunity comes your way, you have to grab it.” Regarding rival skipper AB de Villiers’ run-out dismissal, Kohli said, “It’s always good to get him out early, he can always hurt you. We wanted to step up that intensity. It’s important for someone to bat till the end, but Shikhar’s intent was outstanding.” About the game against Bangladesh, he said, “We played in Birmingham, we like that pitch, suits our game. No looking back. Always room for improvement, always small points you can improve on, can’t rest on your laurels.” De Villiers, who confirmed that he will play in the 2019 World Cup, credited India and called them the better team on the day. “Not an ideal way to finish. Credit to them in those first 15-20 overs, they put the pressure on us, we normally don’t bat that way. “We never got going, very sad obviously, We were hoping to play a better game of cricket. Came unstuck against a better team. Couldn’t it get away. A lot of soft dismissals,” de Villiers said.

Man of the Match Jasprit Bumrah, who picked up two wickets for 28 runs, said the plan was to bowl to a very tight line and length. “It was an important game for us. We wanted to be calm and execute our plans. “I’m happy with any role given to me. As long as you’re contributing, it’s good.
The ball doesn’t swing too much, so stick to the basics, bowl a hard length, don’t give room. A good toss to win, chasing has been relatively easier.”

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, Check out latest IPO News, Best Performing IPOs, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
1IPL 2021, Punjab Kings vs Delhi Capitals: Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul propel Punjab to 195/4 against DC
2IPL 2021, RCB vs KKR: Maxwell and de Villiers’ knocks made the difference, says Kohli
3IPL 2021: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 38 runs