Virat Kohli led India to a six-wicket win over the West Indies with an unbeaten knock of 94 runs in the first T20 International of the three-match series in Hyderabad on Friday. India captain Virat Kohli's plan to bowl first didn't go to plan for the home team as the West Indies posted 207/5 in 20 overs. India lost opener Rohit Sharma early but then Virat Kohli stitched a century stand with KL Rahul and helped India chase down a tough total with eight balls to spare.
Kohli garnered praise from both fans and critics alike for his 50-ball 94, which was decorated by six boundaries and as many sixes.
West Indies legend Viv Richards tweeted: "Amazing. Just amazing, @imVkohli".
The India skipper thanked Viv Richards for the compliment, saying: "Thanks big BOSS. Coming from you means a lot".
Thanks big BOSS. Coming from you means a lot— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 7, 2019
While Kohli's batting masterclass in Hyderabad amazed Viv Richards, it seemed "extraterrestrial" to India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Veteran India spinner Harbhajan Singh also heaped praise on Kohli, saying: "Kohli hai tho kuch bi possible hai what a chase @imVkohli well done captain. Superb inn from @klrahul11 too and lil cameo from @RishabhPant17. Great win @BCCI".
Spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who was on the bench for the opening T20I, tweeted: "Brilliant match, what a knock! Take a bow skip @imVkohli. Superb chase."
"Inka time nahi, #ViratKohli ka yeh daur hai. Highest successful run chase for Team India and what a way to do it. Good contributions from KL Rahul and a good cameo from Pant," former India opener Virender Sehwag said in a tweet.
Inka time nahi, #ViratKohli ka yeh daur hai. Highest successful run chase for Team India and what a way to do it. Good contributions from KL Rahul and a good cameo from Pant. #IndvsWI pic.twitter.com/k0psdLQq64— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 6, 2019
Leading the three-match series 1-0, India will now host the West Indies in Thiruvananthapuram for the second T20I.