Kohli khud hi tareef hai: Twitter explodes after India beats Australia in style in World T20 match
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Kohli khud hi tareef hai: Twitter explodes after India knock Australia out of World T20


Virat Kohli led the way with a sublime half-century as India defeated Australia by six wickets at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Sunday to enter the ICC World T20 semi-finals.

The in-form Delhi lad remained unbeaten on 82 off 51 balls as the Indians survived a few early setbacks to overhaul a difficult target of 161 with five deliveries to spare.

Virat Kohli against Australia. Solaris Images

Virat Kohli against Australia. Solaris Images

Due to the intensity of the match, with both teams putting up their best show in what was billed as a 'virtual quarter-final', the cricket-mad nation went wild with celebrations after skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit the customary winning runs, smashing James Faulkner over wide long-on for a four.

It was only expected of the fans to elevate Kohli to the status of 'God', the tag of which had been reserved almost exclusively for the legendary Sachin Tendulkar so far. Comparisons with Tendulkar, as well as an outpouring of congratulatory messages from the well-known folks from various walks of life dominated the social media.

Let us now take a look at the way users on micro-blogging website Twitter reacted to Kohli's masterclass of an innings:

Tendulkar, Kohli's childhood idol as well as one-time teammate, congratulated the right-hander.

 

Andrew Flintoff sparked off a war with veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, as well as a billion Indian fans, with the following statements:

 

Here's what singing legend Lata Mangeshkar had to say:

 

Leading English footballer Harry Kane lauded the Delhi batsman for his athleticism and for his temperament:

Sachin isn't the only legend Kohli was compared to:

There were words of appreciation for Yuvraj Singh, whose valuable contribution of 21 off 18 — which came at a time when he had injured his ankle and was barely able to run — was overshadowed by Kohli's efforts.

Fans did not waste the opportunity to troll his perennially angry dad Yograj, who was in the headlines recently criticising Dhoni yet again:

No matter how awesome Kohli, Yuvraj, or any other batsman is, the winning runs are somehow always exclusively reserved for 'Captain Cool', who hit the winning boundary off Faulkner off the first ball of the final over. Here's how people reacted to it:

 

 

 

There were a few who had spared a word for Shane Watson, who had announced his intention to retire from international cricket at the end of the tournament. Watson scored unbeaten on 18 after hitting a couple of boundaries, bowled his heart out to get a two crucial wickets without leaking any runs, and took an incredible catch to dismiss Yuvraj.

Last, but certainly not the least, let us arrive at a conclusion by looking at some of the best tweets of the day (or night):

 

 

Following are some of the images that further describe the top talking points of the match, as well as the most-mentioned players:

Most mentioned players from either teams. Image courtesy: Twitter India.

Most mentioned players from either teams. Image courtesy: Twitter India.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top moments on Twitter from the India-Australia match. Image courtesy: Twitter India.

Top moments on Twitter from the India-Australia match. Image courtesy: Twitter India.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The total tweet volume from the India-Australia match, the final count of which is slightly less than a million. Image courtesy: Twitter India

The total tweet volume from the India-Australia match, the final count of which is slightly less than a million. Image courtesy: Twitter India

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that one of India's biggest hurdles has been cleared, all eyes will be on Kohli vs Chris Gayle in the India-West Indies semi-final that is to take place at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 31 March. May the best batsman lead his side to the World T20 final.

First Published On : Mar 28, 2016 14:38 IST

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