Dubai: In the final league match of the T20 World Cup against Namibia, Virat Kohli himself could have come at No. 1 or could have tried to make his last T20 fifty as a captain by coming to the opening.
But on the contrary, he sent Suryakumar Yadav to bat in his place. Joe stayed with KL Rahul till the end and returned unbeaten on the pavilion. With this, Virat Kohli made a sign that now more and more opportunities should be given to the youth. The next World Cup is just a year away, this time it went wrong, but for the next year, Team India wanted to give match practice to more and more of its players.
Virat Kohli, who took a victorious exit from the T20 World Cup with a win as captain, said it was a matter of pride to captain India and felt it was a good time to manage his workload after his impressive nine-wicket win against Namibia. The time was right.
After the match, Virat said, ‘It was a good responsibility to captain. We did well as a team even though we didn’t go any further in this World Cup. The way we have played the last three matches, it has been a positive thing. We are not a team giving excuse for the toss. We were not fearless in the first two matches.
Thanking all the support staff including head coach Ravi Shastri, Virat said, ‘I thank all the coaches. We are grateful to him because he has created a culture in this team. On behalf of all of us players, I express my gratitude to him. If I am not able to play with enthusiasm, then I will stop playing cricket. I always try to give my 120 percent. I felt that if Surya did not get many opportunities, then we gave an opportunity to collect good memories of the World Cup.
Player of the match left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja said, ‘I enjoyed bowling. It is good to bowl with the dry ball. Some balls were spinning and some remained straight. I have been playing with Ashwin for a long time and he is bowling well with the white ball. Virat has been a good captain. He always plays aggressive game. Ravi bhai, Bharat bhai and Sridhar bhai have put in a lot of hard work. Whatever comes in the future, we will maintain this rhythm with it.