In addition to the 2011 World Cup final, the 2016 T20 World Cup tie against Australia my favorite: Virat Kohli
MUMBAI: captain of India Virat Kohli has talked a lot about remembering the day Team India, under the leadership of MS Dhoni, took the beating from the 2011 World Cup Sri Lanka in the final on April 2. The victory had ended with India's 28-year wait for the coveted trophy.
In addition to that glorious moment at Wankhede, Kohli also has another match he will always remember: the 2016 T20 World Cup quarterfinals against Australia in Mohali he played on March 27, where his undefeated 82 helped the Men in Blue snatch an exciting six-wicket victory with five balls to spare and enter the tournament semifinals.
Apart from the 2011 finals, my other favorite match from the atmosphere and importance of the game point of view would be the 2016 T20 quarterfinal against Australia in Mohali, Kohli said while speaking on a Star Sports show.
However, India had to face a crushing seven-wicket defeat at the hands of the West Indies in the semifinal.
Cricket activities at this time are still suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has wreaked havoc worldwide.
Kohli, one of India's most prolific hitters, admitted that the magical atmosphere will be lost if the cricket season, currently stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic, resumes in empty stadiums.
It's quite a possible situation, it could happen, I honestly don't know how everyone is going to take that because we are all used to playing in front of so many passionate fans, Kohli said.
Things will continue, but I doubt if one feels that the magic is happening inside due to the atmosphere that was created.
We will play sports as it is supposed to be played, but it will be difficult to find those magical moments, he added.
He, however, believes that playing without fans would not mitigate the competitive side of games.
I know the matches will be played with very good intensity, he said. But that feeling that the crowd connects with the players and the tension of the game where everyone passes through the stadium, those emotions are difficult to recreate, he added.