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ICC T20 World Cup
ICC World Twenty20: India manage to Kohli-fy for the semi-final
The Sunday night encounter between India and Australia in the ICC World Twenty20 was a Kohli show, when the prolific batsman went on a rampage, tearing the Aussie bowling attack apart. India were chasing a reasonable target of 161 and Virat Kohli ended up scoring more than half the runs.

His brilliant knock of 82 runs was evident enough why he had replaced his mentor Sachin Tendulkar at number 3. Much like the little master, he has lately taken it upon himself to guide India to victories almost single-handedly.

But the problem is that he is the only batsmen in the Indian batting line-up who is performing consistently. Thanks to Virat Kohli India's run chase against Australia on Sunday was nothing short of a miracle.

India made a decent start with Shikhar Dhawan scoring a cover boundary off Jose Hazelwood. But Dhawan's innings were short lived as he was caught at short fine-leg soon. In came, Kohli with an impatient Rohit Sharma batting at the other end. Rohit Sharma handed Shane Watson his first wicket with India's dismal scorecard reading 37/2 in 5.5 overs.

Even Suresh Raina, who was expected to show some maturity gave his wicket away and India were reduced to 49/3 in 7.4 overs. Yuvraj Singh, who came in next has lately started to look like a spent force, and a mere shadow of the player he once used to be. Early into his innings he pulled his hamstring, and continued to struggle until he finally got out with the score reading 94 in the 14th over.

The onus now rested completely on Kohli and skipper Dhoni's shoulders to take India to victory in a do-or-die match. The duo then on ensured that there were no further casualties in form of wickets and ultimately managed to win the match by six wickets in the last over.

The circumstances were not in India's favour with almost 13 runs to get per over, with just 3 overs left. But Kohli turned it around in the next 12 balls starting from the 18th over. Kohli hit seven boundaries and one six which were all text-book cricketing shots. The best thing about Kohli's batting is that he confines himself to orthodox shots like cover drives, cuts and pulls, much like the great Sachin Tendulkar. You will never see Kohli going for mindless Maxwell-type reverse sweeps, dilscoops or slogs.

But despite this, other Indian batsmen will have to come to the party and soon, as what if Kohli fails or has a bad day? There is no room for error now, as one mistake could lead to India's ouster from the tournament.

India will now meet the West Indies in the semi-final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday 31st March. India do look a better side, but then again only on paper. Remove Kohli from the equation and then what? The bottom line is that cricket is a game played by 11 players and not just one player. But at the moment Indian batting seems to be all about Kohli, Kohli and only Kohli. India have only managed to Kohli-fy for the semi-final on Sunday. 

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