Mumbai, March 29: Virat Kohli, who is known for his passion for the game he plays, told BCCI.TV that emotions ran high after captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit the winning boundary against Australia at the PCA Stadium in Mohali in the do-or-die match last Sunday (March 27).
"It was a pretty emotional feeling when I saw Dhoni hitting the winning runs. I don't really know what to say," said the 27-year-old ace batsman, who hit an unbeaten 82 off 51 balls to steer his team home.
Dhoni who made the win extremely easy after plundering 16 runs in the 19th over off James Faulkner, said he had felt at one time that the team was out of the tournament at the end of 10 overs. [Kohli breaks Gayle's record]
"To pull the game back after that along with MS Dhoni - I don't know how we did it. Even out there in the middle, I didn't know how this was happening. I am just grateful that I was able to do it for the team. That is the reason you play the sport. That is the feeling that you crave as a sports person. It is such a wonderful moment for your team. To see your teammates celebrate and get happy is a wonderful feeling," Kohli was quoted as saying.
Kohli said the wicket was not flat and feared that Indian might struggle if they did not score too many boundaries. "I knew a hundred per cent that I had to target James Faulkner in the 18th over," he said.
India overhauled a competitive target of 161 against the visitors with five balls to spare.
Kohli was seen bowing down on the pitch after Dhoni slammed the winning runs.
The right-handed batsman also thanked Dhoni for helping him maintain the calm and also completing the runs for him. It made the opponents paniced a bit, Kohli said.