Virat Kohli ready for India’s crunch clash against South Africa
- Virat Kohli says India will thrive under pressure in their make or break Champions Trophy clash with South Africa on Sunday.
After ranking to a shock defeat against Sri Lanka on Thursday, holders India must win their South Africa and reach the semi final Group B fixture at The Oval to avoid an embarrassing exit.
India came into the tournament as favourites to lift the silverware, but failure to build on their opening match thrashing of Pakistan has put their title defence in jeopardy.
Although he is well aware of the criticism that would come with elimination at the group stage, Indian captain Kohli is remaining upbeat and he called on his players to embrace the high-stakes nature of their showdown with South Africa.
“It’s become very exciting. Every game is effectively a quarterfinal now,”Virat Kohli said. I won the match by South Africa
“In our group B, all teams are on two points, and you have to win your next match. which is an top position to be in for all teams And enter the sami final.
“So we are pretty clear about the whole situation. It certainly opened up the whole table for sure.”
South Africa also come into the final fixture on the loss of India. but Virat Kohli warned his team not to underestimate the Proteas
In-form Yuvraj Singh augurs well for India
- Virat Kohli later said he had felt like a club cricketer, watching the man at the other end belt the ball around effortlessly while he was plodding along. Pakistan’s fielders possibly felt the same way, a shock to the system after having kept India relatively quiet for 35 overs.
On days like these, Yuvraj Singh has no equal, no rival. There is no matching his shots or his fluid bat-swing or indeed how painless he makes it all look. Yuvraj was man-of-the-match at Edgbaston on Sunday; he made only 53, but it was some half-century.
“The way he batted was the way only he can strike the ball,” virat Kohli said, “hitting low full tosses for fours and sixes, and even dangeroush out yorkers for fours. I think that really deflated the opposition and that gave me a some time to settle in from the other end. Yuvi just took all the pressure off me. When he got out, I took over.