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'Have Not Done Justice To Both Myself And The Team' - Kohli Reveals His Chat With Rahul Dravid 

Virat Kohli reveals chat with Rahul Dravid [X.com]Virat Kohli reveals chat with Rahul Dravid [X.com]

India's batting maestro Virat Kohli recently opened up about his lackluster form leading up to the T20 World Cup final. 

Despite his stellar reputation, Kohli had only managed 75 runs in the tournament before the final, far below his usual standards. Over seven matches, he struggled to find the consistency that had defined his performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

However, when it mattered most, Kohli demonstrated his class. In the final against South Africa, Kohli delivered a masterful 76 off 59 deliveries, setting the tempo for India's innings. 

Reflecting on his performance during an interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kohli said,

"This day will always remain in my mind because, throughout the tournament, I couldn't contribute as I wanted to."

I have not done justice to both myself & the team: Kohli

India's head coach, Rahul Dravid, had faith in Kohli's ability to shine in the final, despite his earlier struggles. Captain Rohit Sharma also believed Kohli was saving his best for last.

"I also told Rahul bhai, that I have not done justice to both myself and the team till now. So he told me that when the situation comes, I am sure that you will come into form. So this conversation happened between us and when we went to play, I told Rohit, I did not have that much confidence that I would be able to bat the way I wanted to. So when we went to play, I got three fours in the first 4 balls, so I went and told him, what kind of a game is this? One day it seems that not even a single run will be scored, and then another day comes and everything starts happening," Kohli said.

Kohli's intent was clear from the outset, as he struck two boundaries in the opening deliveries, signalling the storm to come.

During the match, India found themselves in a precarious position at 34/3 within the powerplay. Kohli adjusted his approach, focusing on rotating the strike and supporting Axar Patel, who aggressively targeted the bowlers. 

Kohli said, "When we lost wickets, I surrendered myself to the situation and focused on what the team needed."

Defending their total, India faced a tough challenge from South Africa. With 30 runs needed off five overs, a clinical over from Jasprit Bumrah and key wickets from Hardik Pandya and Arshdeep Singh secured India's 7-run victory.