Virat Kohli Said No To Fielding In Slips Against Afghanistan. Later Justified Decision To Coach

India fielding coach T Dilip was all praise for Virat Kohli after the star batter saved some crucial runs in the outfield during the third and final T20I against Afghanistan on Wednesday. Kohli was livewire in the outfield and his role as a fielder was extremely crucial as India edged past Afghanistan after two Super Overs in Bengaluru. Kohli’s one-handed leap to deny Afghanistan a six during the intense run-chase was one of the highlights of the match. While speaking in the dressing room after the match, Dilip revealed how Kohli refused to stand in slips, and instead wanted to challenge the youngsters by fielding in “hotspots”.

“This guy (Virat) has shown time and again in split-second decision-making. The way he keeps coming, saving runs, putting dives, going for hotspots, you can’t take your eyes off none other than Virat Kohli. He won two medals in the World Cup. I still remember in the WestIndies, when he told me that he doesn’t want to stand in slips, wanted to do it at short or fine-leg; challenging the youngsters that he wanted to be the best inthe World Cup, and he showed that,” Dilip in a video uploaded by BCCI.

Before naming Kohli as “fielder of the series”, Dilip encouraged the youngsters to put the same intensity as the veteran while fielding.

“This is the intensity the man gives to the team. He not only does his job so well but apart from that he inspires everyone. It is a great opportunity to play along with him. I would like the other youngsters to come up and start replicating half of what he does, the whole team will look different. And today’s winner is none other than Virat Kohli,” he added.

Coming back to the match, both the teams had their scores tied at 212 after which the contest went into a Super Over. The thriller never faded as the Super Over too ended in a tie, taking the game to yet another Super Over where the Rohit Sharma-led side edge past its opponent.

Earlier, Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh had stitched a breathtaking 190-run stand to help India post a mammoth total 212 for 4 on the bouncy track of Bengaluru. Rohit scored 121 not out off 69 while Rinku contributed with 69 not out off 39 after the India skipper won the toss and opted to bat.

Afghanistan came out with a superb reply and managed to level the scores by the end, thanks to Gulbadin Naib‘s fighting 55 off 23.

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