Opting for field first, India, riding on Arshdeep Singh and Hardik Pandya’s three-wicket bursts, restricted Pakistan to 159/8.In reply, India too had a terrible start as they lost their four batsmen – KL Rahul (4), Rohit Sharma (4), Suryakumar Yadav (15) and Axar Patel (4) – at 31 runs.
The eyes were on Kohli and the Indian run machine delivered in style. He stood tall and scored an unbeaten 82 off 53 balls. He also stitched a solid stand with Hardik Pandya (40).
Virat, in an interview with Star Sports, explained how he prepared himself ahead of the big game.
“It was a normal day for me ahead of the match. I skipped an optional practice session because I did my all-practice a day before the match. From the preparation perspective, I just wanted to be away from the game. There were a lot of people in the hotel on the match day. Things became hectic so I decided to stay at my pace. The expectations were high. There was a prediction for rain too. It was showing 90 percent chances of rain. The whole time the night before the game, I didn’t think that the match would happen. I knew that even if it would be a short match, it would definitely happen,” Virat said.
Virat further explained how he took the match day against Pakistan as a normal match day and re-energised himself with an afternoon nap.
“I woke up normally, say 7.30 am – 8.00 am. By 11 and 11.30 I was out. It was a pretty normal morning for me. I was getting into a routine before every game. I went to the gym. I have some pre-game routines. I did some lifts, mobility, and stretches. I did a small session. I took a couple of cups of coffee. I had breakfast. Luckily, our breakfast area was separate,” he said.
“After that, I might have seen a couple of episodes of a show I was watching. I don’t know whether I read a book or not. I don’t remember. In T20 cricket, I take an afternoon nap. It just resets my day completely. I think I took a 30-35 or 40-minute nap in the afternoon. I woke up absolutely fresh. My mental energy wasn’t drained. I discovered this thing during the Asia Cup. My trainer told me this and I was like ‘bhai tera shukar hai, tune mujhe ek pudiya de di (Thanks to you, you have given me a great solution). That made so much difference,” Virat said.
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Virat was adjudged Man of the Match for his brave show against the arch-rivals Pakistan.
Virat was the highest run-getter in the 2022 T20 World Cup. He scored 296 runs in 6 matches at an average of 98.66, including four half-centuries.