Bengalulru, Feb 2: After the Twenty20 International series was wrapped up in style, Indian captain Virat Kohli was at his witty best when faced with "opening failures" bouncer from a journalist at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here last night (February 1).
On Wednesday night, legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal engineered a mighty England collapse where the visitors lost 8 wickets for 8 runs to lose the 3rd T20I by a massive 75-run margin.
Chahal weaved his magic with figures of 6/25 in 4 overs. Jasprit Bumrah took 3 wickets as India claimed the trophy with a 2-1 verdict.
While the team was basking in the success of another series win, the 28-year-old Kohli faced the media and was asked about his failures as an opener.
At first, Kohli put his head down closing the face with his hands and was smiling. Later, he said, "What do I say sir? We won the series, and still you saying this?"
He continued with smiles on his face, "In the IPL, I opened the innings (for Royal Challengers Bangalore), hit 4 centuries - but no one said anything. Now that runs haven't come in two knocks, this question is coming up.
"Sir, focus on others too. 10 others are there in the side, let them do well too. It is a great series win for us, please enjoy that.
"If I had hit a 70, would you have asked me this question? Well, I am happy with the series win, and not too worried about my opening slot at all. All the best!."
The response of Kohli left the scribe who asked the question stunned and left the rest of the media in splits.
Kohli scored 29, 21 and 2 as an opener in the 3-match series. In his first T20I series as captain, Kohli has won. And rightly, as he said, it is time to enjoy the "great" success rather and pick negatives.