Virat Kohli opens up about KL Rahul's "lean patch" after England won the 3rd T20I against India
After the completion of the 3rd T20I between India and England where the visitors won the game and got the lead in the series of 2-1. During the match, the England pacers went through the top-order of India as they sent back Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Ishan Ishan before the end of the powerplay overs.
However, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli continued his flow with the willow from the previous match and remained unbeaten for 77 which helped his side to put a decent total of 156 runs on the board.
In the second innings, the wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler who had been dismissed for a golden duck by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 2nd T20I was looked dangerous in the game. He dominated the Indian bowling alley and finished the match along with his teammate Jonny Bairstow. Jos Buttler remained unbeaten on 83 as England won the match with 8 wickets and 10 balls in hand.
During the post-match presentation, Virat Kohli shared his view with the media after asking about KL Rahul's form in the ongoing series “He (KL Rahul) has been a champions player. He’ll continue to be one of our main players along with Rohit at the top of the order. It’s a matter of five-six balls in this format,” he said.
The skipper also said that “I was going through a lean patch two days back.” Then asking about the conditions and pitch “It was a bit difficult to bat against the new ball. Their bowlers were hitting good areas. We got one little partnership, it was important for me to bat deep. The case was to get set and try to get a decent total,” the 32-year-old added.
In addition to that, Virat Kohli hailed the opposition bowlers who went through their top-order yesterday “You don’t want to play knocks which don’t help the team in any way. It was a bit difficult to bat against the new ball. Their bowlers were hitting good areas. The England bowlers attacked right lines and lengths and with their pace, they became more potent,” he added further.