Virat Kohli praised his top order for their dominance throughout the Champions Trophy.
India put in a dominant performance against Bangladesh, thumping them by nine wickets on Thursday, led by a Rohit Sharma ton and 96 not out from the skipper.
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The tournament has been dominated by India’s top three, with Shikhar Dhawan and Sharma both recording a century and two half-centuries, with Kohli recording three half centuries.
Contrary to his surprise at their dominance in the semi-final, Kohli was proud of his side’s ‘complete’ performance against Bangladesh.
‘Another complete game. We needed to have a clean, collective game. We didn’t expect to win by nine wickets, but that’s the quality of our top order,’ Kohli said at the post-match press conference.
Their middle-order, however, has not had the same opportunities to bat, which was largely due to dominance up top. The lack of opportunities for his middle-order has not bothered Kohli.
‘It’s never a worry when your middle order isn’t batting too much. Everyone is hitting the ball magnificently in practice. It’s a worry when your middle order is required to bat too early in the game, too often.’
Kohli continued by complimenting Kedar Jadhav’s bowling display, who took two wickets to help restrict Bangladesh to 264 for seven at the Edgbaston.
‘He’s not a surprise package (Kedar), he’s a smart guy, he knows where to pitch the ball and to see what the wicket is offering. It could have been close to 300.’
Asked about his own effort with the bat, Kohli said: ‘I wanted to give myself some time, 10-15 balls. Last time, we lost a wicket, so I had to adapt, I like those challenges. I grew in confidence. When you’re coming on to the short ball, you know you’re playing well.’
The final sets up a fierce arch-rivalry, but the India skipper has refrained from letting their opponents sway their preparations and approach to the match.
‘We’re taking it as any other game, I know that’s boring, but that’s our mindset.’