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Needing a comprehensive win against Sri Lanka to stay alive in the CB Series, Team India had an uphill battle on its hands right from the get-go in Hobart on Tuesday. But thanks to Virat Kohli's heroics, India lived to fight another day! The 23-year-old Delhi batsman played out of his skin as he scored a match-winning 133 in just 86 balls.
Kohli's timely knock ensured India won with a bonus point, thereby placing second on the league table despite having the same number of points as Sri Lanka--given that the Indians had a better head-to-head record in the series.
By helping India reach the mammoth total of 321 in less than 37 overs with 7 wickets to spare, Kohli gave the World Champions something to cheer about on a very testing tour. This comes as good news for Indian fans, who have had to deal with a lot of ups and downs--mostly downs--in the last three months or so.
Kohli has been exceptional during the entire Australian summer. He's one of the few men in blue who has taken the fight to the opposition when the chips were down. Surprisingly, in a star-studded batting line-up, he is the sole Indian centurion in the tri-series--as was the case in the test series.
As was evident from his fearless and clinical batting display, he's perfectly capable of coming up with big innings without playing outrageous shots early on. His timing against the likes of Nuwan Kulasekara and Lasith Malinga--who he completely annihilated--was spot-on. No wonder, the 16 fours and 2 sixes he hit that night took little effort and came right out of the meat of the bat.
Unfortunately, for Kohli and Team India, that was to be the last match they played Down Under this year. Contingent on Sri Lanka losing to Australia in yesterday's game, qualifying for the finals was out of their hands. Much to the chagrin of the Indians, Sri Lanka did manage to pull off a stunning win over the hosts to effectively knock India out of the tournament.
While his stellar performance ended up being in vain, Kohli has certainly given Indian fans hope for the future. He, no doubt, will be a key player for Team India in future tours--particularly the upcoming Asia Cup.
So for his amazing innings that gave India some hope in the tri-series and saw him completely dominate Sri Lanka's world-class bowling attack, we proclaim India's vice captain for the upcoming Asia Cup, Virat Kohli, our sports hero of the week.
In case you missed it, here are highlights of Kohli's innings:
-Picture courtesy Reuters-
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