Magnificent Kohli soaks pressure; hands India spot in the semifinal

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The question on who the best young batsman in modern cricket is has been going on for a while with Steve Smith, Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli vying for the honour. But there is one aspect of the game in which the Indian triumphs over the other three and everybody else in world cricket – chasing.

It wasn’t the first time that Kohli soaked in the pressure of a big match and paced his innings perfectly to help chase down a stiff target. But he leaves the viewers dazzled every time he does it. Be it in dissecting the gaps on the field and finding the boundary or making a mockery of the best of the fielders in the world to take that extra run while running between the wickets.

Yet again, while chasing a target of 160 runs on a tricky wicket, he outsmarted the Australian bowlers and with conventional strokes took India to the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali.

The scorecard will not tell the full story of what Kohli scripted on Sunday (March 27). You had to be at the stadium or in front of your television sets to have enjoyed one of the finest knocks by the Delhi batsman.

For being able to thrive under pressure and stroke an unbeaten 51-ball 82 with dazzling shots, Kohli is our Style Icon of the Match. He could have the connoisseurs drooling over his batting.

He is already in the league of Michael Beven and Mahendra Singh Dhoni as one of the finest finishers in limited-overs cricket. At this rate, it is only a matter of time before he will take the crown all for himself. As Harsha Bhogale said, with each passing innings he is taking a step towards the path of greatness. Or wait, has he already reached there?

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