Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag praised Virat Kohli for his match-winning fifty against England in the second T20I. Everyone was excited to see the India skipper bat on Sunday after being dismissed at 0 runs on five-balls in the first game. And just when the critics were ready to take shots at him, Kohli came up with a majestic blow.
Virat Kohli came to bat after KL Rahul was dismissed by Curran after the first over. Rather than being under pressure, he played a fine inning of 73 not-out. It helped the team to chase down 164 with ease. India won the game by seven wickets to draw a tie in the series. His inning included five fours and three sixes. Ishan Kishan's impressive fifty made this a productive partnership for India.
Sehwag praises Virat Kohli
Sehwag mentioned that Kohli takes maximum benefits of his batting form by staying at the crease till the end. He also urged young cricketers like Kishan and Rishabh Pant to learn from their skipper.
"When it's Virat Kohli's days, he ensures he finishes the match and is right there till the end, irrespective of the format he is batting in. This is a special aspect of his batting. Like Ajay (Jadeja) said, Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan should learn from Kohli, that when it's your day, just don't get out. That's exactly what Tendulkar used to do," Sehwag told in the conversation with Cricbuzz.
"He used to tell me 'if today is a good day for you, then play as long as you can, remain not out and score runs' because what kind of day you have tomorrow, whether you'll score runs, is not known. But today you know the way you're playing; the ball is appearing like a football. So make the most of it and stay not out because it's important. This holds for both Pant and Kishan, more so for Pant because when he came out to bat, he had hit a six and a four in that over. Had he rotated the strike, waited for the bad balls, the match could have been over sooner," he added.