Indian skipper Virat Kohli team has made fire and also with excellent performances with the bat tour of South Africa. Kohli performs well independently attack the South African bowlers. He might be at the top of his game, however, few batsman that have been regularly similar to him.
But, South Africa won the 2nd T20 against India by 6 wickets with 8 balls remaining. After the match defeats India skipper Kohli said about the match “It was a tough one for the bowlers. We were looking at 175 with the loss of early wickets. Manish and Raina batted well and then Manish and MS got us to 190. I thought it was a winning total.”
“Then the weather made it hard for the bowlers. Till the 12th over it was fine but the drizzle made it bad. South Africa took calculated risks, credit to them. We didn’t really have problems with the conditions, it was a constant drizzle, was fine to play. We expect them to show a fight and show some heart and they deserved to win tonight.”
The 3rd T20 match will be held at Newlands, Cape Town on February 24th 6 pm in South Africa.
Aussie skipper Smith and New Zealand’s Williamson needs to put few huge performances. The 28-year-old Australian captain has no doubts and said that he is trying to add some tricks from Kohli which he has learnt from him.
When asked by cricket.com.au Smith said, “I look at some of the best players around the world and sometimes I do try and bat like them.”
On the field, Smith teams observed Kohli closely and picking up on how he plays the spin. Smith said “Little bit of Virat and the way he plays spin, his hands and the way he hits the ball through the off-side. Probably learnt a little bit out of that. I just try and learn. These guys are the best players in the world for a reason. You try and get whatever you can out of them.”
Early in 2017 Smith has ended the Test series at the highest run with 499 in four matches at an average of 71.28 with three centuries, he said “I place like India, for instance, I open my hand up a little bit.’
He added, “I don’t feel that I can get nicked off (caught behind the wicket) quite as easily in India as opposed to somewhere like Australia or South Africa.”
Smith said that he learnt some tricks from South African veteran star AB de Villiers and Williamson, “I’ve copied a bit of what AB de Villiers does. The way I go back and across to open myself up and set myself for the shots. More so when the ball is reversing. A few years ago I tried to bat like Kane Williamson and play the ball really late.”