India skipper Virat Kohli said that AB de Villiers run out was the key points in the Group B match at the Kennington Oval, London of the Champions Trophy 2017.
After the crucial win against South Africa by eight wickets with 72 balls remaining, India skipper Virat Kohli said at the post-match press conference. “The run out of AB De Villiers was one of the turning points of the match.”
“The pressure was put on by our bowlers. They stuck to their lines and got us the breakthroughs when required. The pressure was built by the bowlers that resulted in those breakthroughs,” said Kohli.
Talking about the efforts of Jasprit Bumrah, Kohli said that he is an attacking bowler and told him to express himself. “His intention was to pick up wickets and that helped us as both the Pacers were attacking from both ends. I am delighted for all the bowlers. To be able to bowl like that to a batting line-up such as this boosts a lot of confidence.”
The 28-year-old India captain said about their fielding was up and a big bonus for his side. “In the two games, we played we finished off our oppositions. That is something we have spoken about and are looking to do regularly.”
Kohli said about three teams from the subcontinent, “Maybe the experience of playing limited-overs cricket and playing such high-pressure games was a reason. But credit to all the teams that made it to the semis. It’s all about who can play better cricket.”
Speaking about earlier match presser, “It’s not an ideal way to finish the tournament. Very disappointing. Credit to them in those first 15-overs in the field. They had great intensity, they didn’t miss the mark very often. They put pressure on us, going at 3 and a half or 4 an over.”
“That’s not the way we usually bat. We got something going until those run-outs that cost us dearly today. We never got going. We were hoping to play a better game of cricket today. We did not plan to play conservative cricket up front. They bowled pretty well. They didn’t miss the mark a lot. We were completely outplayed today. We had a lot of soft dismissals.”