Following back-to-back wins against Pakistan and Bangladesh in the ICC World T20 2016, Team India are not willing to get carried away as they look forward to a mouthwatering clash against Australia Sunday. Virat Kohli, who has played a key role for the Men in Blue in the competition, has stated that being consistent in the Twenty20 format of the game is difficult, but they have to come to terms with that.
Right from the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma to Kohli and MS Dhoni in the middle, everybody has performed to help India in the competition. The bowlers too, from Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya to Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, everyone has played their part in the best way possible to help the Men in Blue get the glory.
However, still not being able to make it to the semis of the competition is a big concern for India and ahead of the potential quarter-final against Australia, everything needs to be kept in order. Either the Aussies or the hosts will join New Zealand as the second team to qualify to the last four of the ICC World T20 2016.
"It was very good to get that win [over Bangladesh in the last game]. It is very difficult to be consistent in this format and you need to come to terms with that," Kohli was quoted by the Press Trust of India ahead of the Australia match. "Sometimes you need character to get you over the line and that is why our spinners and Hardik were brilliant for us.
"This format requires you to be at the top of your focus while batting and fielding. So we need to stay in the moment and not get carried away," the 27-year-old swashbuckling batsman added.
India won the three-match T20I series Down Under in January this year with a 3-0 margin and Kohli has urged his men to take inspiration from that win. Kohli was sensational during the series as he scored a half-century in each of the three games and scored an overall 199 runs over three games.
Jasprit Bumrah also picked up a total of six wickets over the three games.
"You always want to win convincingly but it is not possible all times. Sometimes you have to adapt well to tough situations like we did in the last two games. If you look at how we have played this season, we have been consistent," continued Kohli.
"We can focus on what we did in Australia and take positives out of it but can't take anything for granted, it is a virtual quarterfinal. Why we beat them is important to remember rather than thinking only about the result. If we play to our potential, we can beat them."