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Monday , October 1 , 2012
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Kohli: It doesn’t get any better

In the last meeting between India and Pakistan in a Asia Cup match at Dhaka, Virat Kohli scored a scintillating century to help his team humble the arch-rivals.

On Sunday, at Colombo, Virat again turned out to be the nemesis for Pakistan as he scored a brilliant and entertaining 78 off 61 balls to keep the hopes of India alive in the World T20.

Speaking at the post match presentation ceremony, Virat said he played one of the most crucial innings of his life.

“It does not get any better for me… Winning a Man of the Match award against Pakistan in a World Cup game is a tremendous achievement… It’s always a high-pressure game and people expect you to perform…

“I’m glad to play a match-winning innings… I really value the innings… The hard work paid off… I hope I can continue with this form in the rest of the tournament,” he said.

Talking further about his innings, Virat said: “Since the bowlers restricted Pakistan to 128, we didn’t have to rush in the first six overs… We tried to settle down and then play our shots… It’s always a tricky thing to chase a low total in a T20 game… But we pulled off a really good win.”

Asked the reason behind his successful tackling of Ajmal, Virat said: “I’m just lucky to play him well. He is not an easy bowler to play… I’ve tried to sort him out… Unless he comes out with a different plan, I’m going to stick to my plans.”

Virat has been one of India’s most successful batsman in recent times. Not only has he scored plenty of runs, he has also shown maturity to stay at the crease to see his side home on numerous occasions.

Talking about his form, Virat said: “The key is to stay as calm as possible. In the last game, I thought a bit too much… I was in my normal zone today and tried to relax... God’s been kind.

“I wasn’t thinking much about the game and about my batting. I wanted to go out there and play according to the situation.”