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‘Singles as important as sixes in T20’

Mirpur: Twenty20 cricket is not just about hitting sixes and boundaries, according to India’s star batsman Virat Kohli, who has been in brilliant form in this tournament.

Kohli instead stressed the importance of quick singles in the success of every team. “In Twenty20 a single is as important as a six, that’s something I always believe,” said the hero of India’s semi-final victory over South Africa.

“Against South Africa I was on 20 not out off 17 balls without hitting a boundary. If you can do that and, if I can get two boundaries in between, my strike rate goes up to around 150.

“It is very important to keep rotating the strike. You always keep looking for boundaries, but as long as you keep rotating the strike and not losing wickets at the same time, you can keep the scoring rate ticking. Then the opposition captain will have to think about a lot of things, because if you can place the ball for two runs three times in an over and the sixth ball goes for a boundary, it is a brilliant over for you. I think it’s very important to know the importance of singles and doubles in T20 cricket.

“It’s very difficult to break it down in a T20 game because it is a shorter format. Calculations come down, they become smaller and quicker. You need to think really quick, when to score and when to defend. I think it is all about how many [overs] their main bowlers have bowled or how many overs the part-timers are going to bowl — and how many runs you need to score off the part-timers and the main bowlers.

“When I walk into bat, I look at the scoreboard, what the situation is like and talk to my partner, what we can do from there on.”

In the match against South Africa, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni passed up the chance to hit the winning run, allowing Kohli to seal the match instead. “Dhoni told me that, since I batted well, it is his gift for me,” Kohli said. “Hitting the winning run is a wonderful feeling and I am grateful to him for allowing me the opportunity to do it.”