‘Pressure’ is often thought of as something that ruins a career, a life, a dream. A host of people have fallen prey to it and are probably right in judging ‘pressure’ that way.But every once in a while it gives birth to a Virat Kohli and probably atones for all the sins it has committed towards other mere mortals.
So, on behalf of everyone who has ever had to face failure due to ‘Pressure’, we forgive you and thank you for giving us Virat Kohli.
You often take things for granted in your life and in course of time stop appreciating them because they are so easily accessible or are always there with/around you. I fear we could end up having the same sort of feeling for Virat’s brilliance during chases.
He has certainly evolved as a cricketer and as a person. He trusts his ability and the hard work that he puts in during training sessions on and off the field and that is what keeps him calm during these pressure situations. He wants to win games for India, he wants to be the there till the end, he wants to be the best and that desire is what sets him apart from the rest.
Also, a big shout out to the Afghan team who finally went one step ahead and converted their good performances into a victory. They probably were too tired of just winning hearts.
Let’s get to business now!
Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Transfers out: Virat Kohli, Steve Smith
Transfers in: ABD, Imran Tahir
We have reached the last game of Phase 3. Phew we have come a long way!
I already have Rangana Herath in my side and have just two transfers left.
Let’s just get some basic things sorted about this game.
You need to use all your transfers for this game as you’ll be getting unlimited transfers for the knockout stages (Phase 4). Also, this is a dead rubber and hence both teams could make a few changes to their playing eleven. So, do lock your teams in only after the toss.
We are back to Delhi for this game and by now you all know what to expect from the pitch there. It is going to be dry, slow and sluggish. So, I bring in Imran Tahir to exploit these conditions and haunt the predominantly right-handed Sri Lankan top order.
Now, with only one transfer remaining, I would have to pick between ABD and Jefferey Vandersay.
Jefferey Vandersay could be a handful on this pitch provided he bowls with control, which didn’t quite happen in his last game. He eventually ended up picking two wickets but his bowling wasn’t as threatening as I would like it to be on a Delhi track. And thus I leave him out
The other day Butler showed us that if you are good enough, the slow Delhi track wouldn’t hinder your stroke play. And guess who is at the same level if not better than Butler when it comes to striking it big? AB de Villiers.
I get him in as my last transfer because, well, you know how dangerous he can be on his day. And I bet he would love to sign off with a big innings.
But I bring him in only if South Africa bat first, because with Mathews injured, I don’t think there is much spine in the Sri Lankan batting line up. And they could succumb to a low total.
In that case I would bring in Quinton De Kock who has been in good touch in this tournament and could score the bulk of the runs at the top of the order in a small chase. His wicket keeping skills provide me with an additional scoring opportunity as well.
I omit all other Sri Lankan players because they are just not good enough and Imran and ABD have far more potential as fantasy and as cricketers
Captain for this game: AB de Villiers