HALI: "There is no magic wand that I am just swinging and scoring runs. Everyone wants to do well, everyone wants to score runs. It's about how much you believe you can do it. I think it is the major factor at the international level."
Virat Kohli said the above lines during the pre-match press conference, referring to the amount of hard-work he puts in and that nothing comes easy to him, especially consistency, which he believes, is difficult to attain.
Well, he was wrong. Kohli has not one, but two magic wands. First is his mind. And second, his approach. Mix these two elements and you are bound to thrive in international cricket, whichever format you play in. On Sunday against Australia, Kohli played the kind of knock that will go down as one of the best in Star Sports' highlight reels and perhaps tie with Sachin Tendulkar's desert storm innings as the most-watched video on YouTube.
It was his best in T20Is, and will perhaps count as one of his all-time best knocks, even long after he is retired. It was that damn special. With Kohli in the middle, an eternal hope always stayed and he did not disappoint, unfurling an innings of such composure, beauty and brilliance that left the Australians and others watching in awe.
Considering the kind of innings he played, with so much on the line, Kohli is the closest thing to T20 perfection at the moment. When he and a clinical India come together, they are unstoppable. And that is what transpired on Sunday, first, with India's bowlers pulling things back admirably to keep Australia to 160 when a total of 200 looked gettable at one stage, and second, the way they went about their chase, with of course Kohli leading the way. The kind of situation Kohli and India found them in was bound to be nerve-racking. Home crowd, T20 World Cup on the line and a revenge for the World Cup semi-final hovered. Kohli had failed then. Sunday, he had made it a point to finish it off against his favourite opponent, numerically.
Source Time of India