The Telegraph
Monday , April 7 , 2014
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Fandom fails to win us the cup
Through the eyes of Kohli devotee


Tushita Bose, 16, is a self-proclaimed “mad” Virat Kohli fan. She studies in Class XII at Ram Mohan Mission High School in Lake Gardens. She started watching cricket because of Kohli and stops speaking with anyone at home who criticises him. She keeps a scrapbook where she pens little messages to him and has more photos of him than herself on her cell phone. Here’s her Kohli commentary during and after the T20 World Cup final.

Virat Kohli won. India lost. He scored the most runs, he took a crucial catch and he was sporting enough to walk up to (Kumar) Sangakkara and shake his hand after his 50, even when India was on the verge of defeat.

That’s why he is my hero.

I had been praying since morning that Virat Kohli would do everything right and that’s exactly what he came up with. But in the end, it was still heartbreak for me as India finished second best in Sunday’s final of the ICC T20 World Cup.

I was also sad that Kohli didn’t get a century.

He was brilliant at the crease as he battled single-handedly. He was in scintillating form and his self-belief shone through.

The shots were so crisp and he was looking so handsome playing them. Well, he always does.

My heart was in my mouth when (Lasith) Malinga could not hold on to a catch. But it also told me that this was his day. And it was. Well, almost.

He scored 77 runs off just 58 balls at a strike rate of 133 per cent but the rest of the team managed only 47 runs off 62 balls, which is why India were in such dire straits.

The most disappointing part was that when he was really set and raring to go, he did not get the strike. In the last four overs, he just faced eight balls out.

As far as I was concerned, it was because of Yuvraj’s (Singh) slow innings that India lost.

He was unable to even rotate the strike, which is why Kohli didn’t get his century despite playing so well and India didn’t get a decent score.

Virat is the only reason why I watch cricket.

I started following the game after I saw him in an Under-19 World Cup game way back in 2008. I liked him so much that I started watching cricket regularly. I wanted to watch him and also understand the game he is so passionate about.

I love my city but I love him so much that I support Royal Challengers Bangalore, not Kolkata Knight Riders, in IPL.

I have my lucky seat and my lucky posture when he is playing and I maintained all that today and he played like a dream. But, sadly, he was let down by the team.