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Mohali: The way Virat Kohli has evolved to become the heartbeat of this Indian team, it will not be wrong to say this is Virat Kohli's Team India.
And that is not only because it is Virat Kohli who wins matches for the team with his remarkable approach to run chases. He is only 27, but Kohli has impressed the world with his kind of batting which can hardly be described in words. A big question is in front of all those who want to stop him: How?
Had India lost to Australia, it would have ended a fantastic run for the team under Dhoni that has won almost everything in the way.
Kohli's India is moving forward, all because of him doing the impossible for his side while the others are contributing with their valuable performances. Yuvraj Singh's enduring support to Kohli in the middle when the top has fallen, Dhoni's clever leadership, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya's brilliancy, India's spin attack are invaluable fillers. But it was Kohli all the way, as it was against Pakistan and as it was against Australia.
Chasing 161, India faltered frequently, but Kohli hung around. In the last 3 overs India required 39. Not a single unnecessary shot was even attempted, no pointless risk was taken. And it was the 19th over, when it all changed. That is when India seized control and Australia went crumbling down.
James Faulkner is Australia's greatest T20 bowler. But all that did not matter against a wild Kohli, who smashed 19 off only 6 balls to force Australia out of the match and out of the tournament.