Mohali, March 28: Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has hailed India's star batsman Virat Kohli as a "cricketing genius" after he took the team into the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 last night (March 27).
At the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Sunday night, Kohli's incredible knock of 82 not out guided India to a 6-wicket victory over the Australians in a virtual quarter-final.
As the cricket world saluted the Delhi right-hander, the opposition players too joined in.
Maxwell, who was on the field to witness the genius of Kohli, took to Twitter to praise the right-handed batsman. (Kohli breaks Gayle record)
Saying that he was "absolutely shattered" to go out of World T20, Maxwell admitted Kohli's innings was at a "different level".
"Well... That innings was a different level...Not a lot more to say really...Absolutely shattered. Beaten by 1 cricketing genius. #toogood," Maxwell wrote on his Twitter page after the game. The tweet was retweeted by more than 4,500 people.
Australia captain Steve Smith called Kohli's knock as a "pretty serious and unbelievable innings". "It was a pretty serious innings on wicket which was tough to bat on. I thought we were in a good position with India needing two runs a ball at one stage. It just took an unbelievable innings under pressure by Virat Kohli to get his team over the line. It looked whatever Virat did at that point would go to the boundary. It was a serious innings. Hats off," Smith said.
India face West Indies in the World T20 semi-final in Mumbai on March 31 (Thursday).