Indian cricket player Virat Kohli’s brilliant performance in Mohali left Australian commentators surprised on Monday where the former hit his heroic 82, dragging the Australian cricket team led by Steve Smith out of the World T20.
The World T20 battle took a surprising turn as soon as Kohli held the bat as India won the match it initially believed to lose. India crossed Australia’s target of 160 for 6, making its position safe for the World T20 semi-finals. “Steve Smith called it the ‘Virat show’ and he was right,” Chris Barratt wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald.
The Daily Telegraph’s Ben Horne seconded the thoughts and said that this has been one of the greatest ever T20 international innings that kicked Australia out of the World T20 tournament. “One man wins it,” Horne said as quoted by The Times of India. “I think it’s safe to say there is no talent in world cricket at the moment quite like Virat Kohli,” he added.
However, besides Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Suresh Raina have occupied the positions of top Indian batsmen from the Indian cricket team. The ESPN Cricket Info website showed that in the T20 match of India against Australia, Raina and Sharma could only reach 10 and 12 runs, respectively and couldn’t show their potential. However, if their run rates are considered, they are two of the most wonderful players of the team. As far as Dhoni, Singh, and Dhawan made 18, 21, and 13 runs off with 10, 18, and 12 balls, respectively. The players surrounded Kohli and took India through the semi-finals after the historic triumph over Australia.
According to the First Post, Australia could feel Kohli’s emergence as another male superstar sportsperson who is capable enough to join the ranks of Novak Djokovic, Lionel Messi, and Steph Curry of NBA. Australia fought the battle, but it did not regret its loss to the cricket mogul’s maestro batting in the all-time great Twenty20 innings, the post stated.
On the other hand, Geoff Lemon wrote to the ABC that he was disappointed to be out of the Twenty20 tournament though he called it “impressive innings.”