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I don't need to be provoked to be motivated to win matches - Virat Kohli

I don't need to be provoked to be motivated to win matches - Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli has been the leading run-scorer for India in the tournament with 102 runs from three games.
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Indian star batsman Virat Kohli has stated that he does not need on-field altercations in order to remain motivated to win games for his country.

Kohli is known for his aggressive style of play and has the history of using the on-field altercations as a motivating factor to fuel his match-winning performances.

However, Kohli clarified that he always uses the aggressive situations only as an extra fuel to further his desire to win games for his team and not as the only source of motivation for his performances.

“I’ve always said that I sort of thrive on those situations,” Kohli told reporters on Friday.

“But you just can’t go in with that sort of mindset only, you need to be versatile.

“If I get into a debate with anyone, if I have to take a certain stance, that doesn’t necessarily put me off my game.

“If anything, that motivates me more.

“It doesn’t mean if I don’t get into a debate with someone, I won’t be motivated to win the game for my team.

“It’s better to plan your innings without that situation and if that situation comes in, you have to take in as more fuel to the fire.”

In the ongoing ICC World Twenty20, India are slated to play Australia in what is a virtual knock-out encounter with the winner progressing to the semi-finals.

Both India and Australia have an array of batsmen who can single-handedly win games in the shortest format, but Kohli has singled out Steven Smith as the key wicket for his team.

Lauding Smith’s ability to bat calmly and change gears at will, Kohli has urged his bowlers to back themselves to get the Australian captain out early in the game.

“Obviously he (Steve Smith) has been a very important player for Australia.

“The way their batting unit works, someone like Steve Smith gives them solidity in the middle order which is great for any team.

“If we can have a person who can play the least number of dot balls and still keep the scoreboard ticking while the others are having a go at a few bowlers, it always helps as a batting unit.

“You want to get everyone’s wicket... but top quality players around the world tend to have answers for them more often than not.

“You just have to make life as difficult as possible for them and take up the challenge that ‘yes, he is a very good player, he is a world class player but I am going to take his wicket today’.”

After two wins each in the Super 10 stage of the tournament, both India and Australia are tied on four points each and will face off on 27th March in Mohali.

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