India vs West Indies: Former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja has praised India skipper Virat Kohli for his unbeaten match-winning 94 against West Indies in the first T20I of the three-match series. In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Raja said that Kohli was expressive and explosive who always helped his team to claim victory across the three formats of the game. Meanwhile, India will lock horns against West Indies in the second T20I today at Former Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.
Kohli, who hit six sixes and six boundaries in Hyderabad T20I on Friday, was also lauded for his batting style. The cricketer-turned-commentator emphasized that the India skipper was completely different than other cricketers whose shot selection has no comparison. The 57-year-old former Pakistan batsman also congratulated India for chasing down their highest target in the shortest format.
India defeated Kieron Pollard-led West Indies by six wickets and achieved the target of 208 with eight balls to spare. It was India’s highest run chase in the history of T201. Kohli was named man of the match for his knock, first against Windies and 12th in T20Is. With the title, he equalled Afghanistan cricketer Mohammad Nabi’s record of winning 12 man of the match awards. The 31-year-old batsman also surpassed former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi who had won player of the match award 11 times.
Besides Kohli, KL Rahul also played a superb knock of 62 off 40 balls. He hit four maximums and five boundaries. Kohli and Rahul scored a 100-run partnership off 61 balls. After Rahul’s dismissal, Rishabh Pant played a cameo of 18. Earlier, Evin Lewis (40), Shimron Hetmyer (56) and Kieron Pollard (37) helped West Indies to post 207 on the scoreboard.
India squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (w), Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav.
West Indies Squad: Kieron Pollard (c), Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin (w), Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Brandon King, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Khary Pierre, Fabian Allen, Kesrick Williams, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Nicholas Pooran.