Kohli reveals the master plan for World T20
India were outplayed by South Africa in the 3rd T20I in Bengaluru after captain Virat Kohli’s decision to bat first haunted them. However, after missing out on winning the series, Virat Kohli had insisted that his team won’t get distracted from the game plan of opting to bat first going into next year’s World T20 in Australia.
India struggled to get going on a flat Chinnaswamy deck to a relatively inexperienced Proteas side.
“(This is) exactly what we wanted to do and that’s going to be the template we’ll follow for games we have before the World Cup (on opting to bat after winning the toss).
The mindset has to be flexible and to try out things when situations are stacked against us,” Indian captain Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony, revealing the template for the upcoming World T20 tournament in Australia, 2020.
“We will have games like this, where we don’t execute what we want. But as long as the intent is there to improve, we’ll be in a good zone. I think South Africa bowled well, the pitch suited them in the first innings and we weren’t able to read the tempo of the game well,” Kohli added.
Kagiso Rabada was the pick of the bowlers as he picked 3/39. Bjorn Fortuin and Beuran Hendricks picked two wickets apiece. Shikhar Dhawan was the leading run-scorer for the team with 36 (25) with 4 fours and 2 sixes.
In reply, India lacked the killer instinct to mount pressure on Proteas as they managed to pick only one wicket. Hardik Pandya dismissed Reeza Hendricks for 28 runs.
However, Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma steadied the ship and comfortably chased the target in 16.5 overs. Quinton de Kock played a sensational knock, 52-ball 79 (6 fours and 5 sixes) while Bavuma scored 27 (23) with 2 fours and a six to his name.