The newly-elected Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Roger Binny has showered praise on Virat Kohli for his match-winning knock against arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, saying that the 82-run knock by the former India skipper “was like a dream” for him.
In the high-octane India-Pakistan ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 clash, the Men In Blue were reduced to 31/4 while chasing 160. However, Kohli smashed remarkable 82 runs off 53 balls, including 6 fours and 4 sixes, to help Team India seal a 4-wicket win in the nail-biting encounter. Also, Kohli, who won the Player of the Match award, had an outstanding 113-run partnership in 78 balls with Hardik Pandya.
Meanwhile, the newly-elected Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Roger Binny praised Kohli and said that the players like him “thrive in pressure situations”. He also said that the match between arch-rivals, India and Pakistan, was a treat for the viewers.
“It was like a dream for me. Couldn’t realise the way the ball was being hit in the park by Kohli. It was a fantastic victory. You never see such matches where most of the time the match was in Pakistan’s favour and all of a sudden it came back to India. Good for the game as it’s what the crowd wants to see,” expressed Binny at his felicitation ceremony at the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) on Friday.
“Kohli didn’t have to prove himself. He is a class player and players like him thrive in pressure situations, pressure brings out the best of them.”
“When you lose the game, you should take it squarely and fairly, people should appreciate the way India played to win the game,” asserted the BCCI president on allegations of the final over no-ball not being checked by the umpires diligently.
You Can’t Take The Smaller Teams Lightly Anymore – Roger Binny
Binny further applauded the teams like Zimbabwe and Ireland for pulling off big wins in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 and added that no team can be taken lightly in the marquee tournament. He also said that Pakistan will find it very difficult to qualify for the semi-finals. Notably, Ireland defeated West Indies and England in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 while Zimbabwe defeated Pakistan.
“It’s good that the junior teams are coming up. Zimbabwe and Ireland have proved it in this T20 World Cup. You can’t take the smaller teams lightly anymore. They can easily beat you. I think it will be difficult for Pakistan to make it to the semi-finals. It will be my greatest joy and wish if that happens but cricket is a funny game, you never know, it can happen anytime,” said Binny.
Binny further shared his views on the matches being washed out in the T20 World Cup. He stated:
“They should have had a reserve day as they had it in the 1983 World Cup. They could have done that.”
The 67-year-old further talked about his felicitation ceremony at the KSCA, he said:
“Today is one of the most memorable days of mine at the KSCA as I’ve never had such a good reception by fellow members of the committee and colleagues of the KSCA. I have never had such a good rapport with them anytime. Happy to be a part of the KSCA as I’ve served it for 50 years as a cricketer, from U-19 in 1973 to the right until now and proud of being a Karnataka player.”