Graeme Smith picks Virat Kohli as the best player in the world

Ruben Hill
February 24, 2018

Virat Kohli won the Man of the Series in the ODI series against South Africa.

With rain lashing the SuperSport Park, Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal found it hard to grip the ball and bled 64 in four overs as South Africa chased down the target comfortably to level the three-match series 1-1 here. Now after the T20 series is nicely poised at 1 each, India would like to win the third T20 and hence the series. You need to take a chance, especially in the six overs. "You try and get whatever you can out of them", Smith was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. "In the last two games we have dominated the first six overs".

"If you see the Indian batting order, numbers one to three are all batting well".

Being grateful to captain Virat Kohli for promoting him up to No.3 in the line-up, Raina pointed out that the first six overs will again be key for India in Saturday's game, as they need to be at their aggressive best. "I thought his emotions were getting the better of him and maybe that was starting to impact the players around him", he said in an interview to ESPN Cricinfo. "I always play for the team, look to play my natural game in whatever opportunities I've got and that is the message I've got from the support staff. Look to improve my game and get back into the team". We did well in Tests and won the ODI series. "We have lots of matches coming up", he said.

"When we have been doing well in every game, we then need to finish well too". When you are playing a decider game, it is all about enjoyment. It is about going there and win the game for the country.

India's bowling, though, came under focus after the second T20I as the South Africa batsmen batted with great confidence. He has also entered an exclusive list of five players to have breached the 900 points mark in both formats.

India have never played a T20 game at the Newlands. JP Duminy took up the responsibility and finished well for the side.

India paid the penalty in that match for a lack of bowling options - leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, whose four overs cost 64 runs, proving particularly expensive and pushing the cases of Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav respectively.

India lost the first two Tests before salvaging some pride with a brilliant win in the third Test.

In the virtual final of the series, South Africa would be look to continue with the same combination with seniors and young talents working together to fetch positive results, while India would be eying to go out with their best combination to cover up the loopholes in the bowling department which were on display in the second T20I at the SuperSport Park. "Hopefully we can enjoy ourselves and get the trophy home".

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