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Team India is close to securing a spot in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. On Wednesday, the side defeated Bangladesh in a dramatic finish in a rainy game in Adelaide, securing the league’s third win in four games. India currently tops Group 2 and will face Zimbabwe on Sunday in their final game of the Super 12 stage. One of the biggest factors behind India’s victories in the T20 World Cup so far has been Virat Kohli’s impressive form.

Kohli got off to a blistering start to India’s campaign at the tournament, scoring an unbeaten 82 from just 53 balls to take the side to a memorable win over Pakistan. He scored another unbeaten half-century against the Netherlands, scoring a valiant 64* on 44 deliveries in the team’s final game against Bangladesh, playing a key role in all three of India’s victories in the tournament.

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In addition, Kohli’s six on the back foot against Haris Rauf in the match against Pakistan has received huge appreciation from fans and former cricketers around the world, and during a discussion about the Sydney Morning Herald, Former Australia captain Ian Chappell talked about the shot and also recalled an interview he had with Kohli a few years ago in which he revealed what Kohli replied to a question about not trying ‘nice shots’.

“A few years ago we did an interview with Virat Kohli. It was a great example of talking about the game. When we asked Virat why you don’t use some nice shots, he said, “I don’t want them creeping into my test game.” That’s one of the amazing things about Virat Kohli. He makes all these runs at a very good pace, and he does it with normal cricket shots,” Chappell recalled.

“Little lighting and getting hit in the stands doesn’t mean it’s a slog. As Mark (Taylor) described, hitting straight from the back foot is a cricket shot, except you don’t hit it in the air. But he did, and he did 90 yards,” Chappell continued.

With 220 runs in four games, Kohli is the highest run-scorer in this edition of the World Cup so far. Interestingly, the Indian batter also passed Sri Lankan great Mahela Jayawardene for the most runs in tournament history during this edition. Kohli currently has 1065 runs in the T20 World Cup in just 23 innings, with an incredible average of 88.75 and a strike rate of 132.46.


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