Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, a legendary Indian batsman, turned 34 on Saturday. The birthday boy has been in outstanding form throughout the current T20 World Cup, causing other team captains nightmares.

Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine stunned everyone with his response to a question about Virat Kohli’s birthday and whether his team has made any plans to stop the run machine from making a big score against them. Ervine’s team will play the Indian cricket team in an important Group 2 match in Melbourne on Sunday.

Virat Kohli is simply too brilliant with the bat, so even while Craig Ervine conceded that his bowlers were enjoying the challenge of bowling against him, they haven’t developed any form of strategy to get him out.

“Yeah, definitely. This is a great opportunity to bowl against some of the best guys in the world, so there’s no reason why guys would not want to actually get out there and produce the goods. How often do you get the opportunity to put Virat Kohli in your pocket? I’m pretty sure that our fast bowlers will be raring to go come tomorrow,” Craig Ervine said on the eve of his side’s clash with India.

“Glad that Virat Kohli’s birthday is today not tomorrow. I don’t think we have any plans against Virat. I think he’s just too good a player. But look, I think a lot of the guys you can dissect so many different theories, and at the end of the day, if you come out and hit a good area, use your change-ups, all those sorts of things, I don’t think that special plans really work for these guys because they’re so good at adapting to different conditions and different situations,” The Zimbabwe skipper added.

“Well, I think there are a few areas that we’d like to improve on. I think one is especially the fielding over the last couple of games I think has let us down quite a bit. Also the powerplay, I think we’ve struggled a little bit on the powerplay. We’ve lost a lot of early wickets and it puts quite a bit of pressure on the middle order,” Craig Ervine elaborated.

Virat Kohli
India’s Shikhar Dhawan (R) watches the ball after playing a shot during the first one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Zimbabwe and India at the at the Harare Sports Club in Harare on August 18, 2022. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP)

“I think losing those wickets in clusters has been our Achilles heel in the batting department, and then in the fielding department, it’s mainly been our dropped catches and missed fields we need to tidy up on,” he said.

In the meantime, Virat Kohli can be seen discussing Team India’s T20 World Cup campaign in a conversational video that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) put on its website.

“Everybody is confident and prepared and it is all about how you handle pressure on the given day. You try and lead the way in big matches, try and make an impact for the others to relax,” Virat Kohli said in a video shared by the Indian cricket board.

When asked if their relationship had altered since Rohit Sharma took over as captain of the team earlier this year, he said, “Yes.”

“Our vision has been always been similar, always to make India win. Now the thing is that, the conversation is back and forth, the inputs that I can give him, or the things that he needs to ask me, it is quite free flowing. It is always pointed towards – main goal and the team has tuned into it. That environment is very difficult to explain,” Virat Kohli added.

“When I come here (in Australia), it doesn’t feel alien anymore to me. I get a very comfortable feeling here. When you perform here, you get that respect. I realise it now, it is not just about our fans but when I step out on road, the locals here meet and approach me and I feel happy to see them,” Virat Kohli revealed.

Regarding Virat Kohli’s performance with the bat at this T20 World Championship, he is now the leading scorer with 220 runs, including three half-centuries in India’s four games.

Regarding Virat Kohli’s performance with the bat at this T20 World Championship, he is now the leading scorer with 220 runs, including three half-centuries in India’s four games.

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Virat Kohli even surpassed Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardena’s record against Bangladesh to break the ICC T20 World Cup run-scoring mark. The top T20I tournament in the world currently has 1065 runs scored in 23 innings by the former India captain.

Many former cricket players, including Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and Ravi Shastri, have praised his unbroken 82-run knock against Pakistan as the finest T20 innings of all time.

Greg Chappell, a former captain of Australia and coach of India, even went so far as to call his strike a “song by God.”

 

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