‘All-format’ Kohli leads India to smashing win | Sunday Observer

‘All-format’ Kohli leads India to smashing win

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

HYDERABAD AFP: Skipper Virat Kohli said he is an “all-format player” after his blistering 94 powered India to a six-wicket win over West Indies in the first Twenty20 international on Friday.

The star batsman smashed six fours and six sixes to record his career-best T20 international score in 50 balls as he surpassed his previous high of 90 with a winning hit over the rope.

Kohli arrived with the score on 30 for one to complete his 23rd fifty and soon launched an attack to pulverise the West Indies bowlers as India pulled off their highest ever T20 chase.

“The aim is not to play slam-bang cricket. One of Rohit (Sharma) or I have to play long in this team,” Kohli said after his man of the match show.

“That’s the role I play in every team I play in. Basic fundamental is that I don’t want to change my game too much for T20s. I’m an all-format player. I just want to score runs every game.” Kohli has amassed 21,266 runs across all three formats including 70 centuries in Test and one-day since making his international debut in 2008.

Left-handed batsman Shimron Hetmyer made 56 -- his maiden T20 fifty -- and put on 71 with skipper Kieron Pollard to lead West Indies to 207 for five after being put in to bat on a good batting wicket.

West Indies looked poised to get over 220 but leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal struck twice in three deliveries to get Hetmyer and send Pollard, who hit 37, trudging back to the pavilion.

Jason Holder then struck an unbeaten 24 off nine balls as West Indies managed 29 off the last two overs.