But the star batsman insists it is the form of the title-holders’ opening duo that is giving him confidence in the lead up to Sunday’s clash between the sub-continent cricket giants at The Oval in
The 28-year-old Kohli is also top of the tournament batting averages with a scarcely credible mark of 253 – a figure that owes much to the fact that three of his four innings so far have been not outs.
Kohli was undefeated again as
His 96 not out saw Kohli end the match with nearly 10 overs to spare by hitting a four off Sabbir Rahman.
But Rohit Sharma was 123 not out at the other end, having shared an unbroken stand of 178 with his skipper.
By the time Kohli came in, however, India were well on their way to chasing down a modest victory target of 265 thanks to a brisk opening partnership of 87 between Sharma and left-hander Shikhar Dhawan, who made 46.
“I’m really enjoying the way I’m batting,” Kohli told reporters. “For me, the number of runs do not matter at this stage. I’m really enjoying the process.
“The way Rohit and Shikhar batted, it just gave me so much confidence heading out of the changing room. Those two guys really dent the opposition mentally,” he explained.
The Tigers’ third-wicket duo had given
“He bowled really well, credit to him,” said Kohli of Jadhav. “He doesn’t bowl much in the nets, but he’s a smart cricketer. He knows where the batsmen get into trouble, and if you can think like a batter when you’re bowling, it’s obviously a bit of an advantage to any bowler.”
While it may be one of cricket’s oldest clichés to label
After a performance against
Two days on, they raised their game still further to inflict a crushing eight-wicket defeat of previously unbeaten tournament hosts
For all that,
“The turnaround has been magnificent,” said Kohli of Pakistan’s progress. “They’ve beaten sides that looked really strong against them.”