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“I Was Zoned Out”: Virat Kohli Admits to Have Blanked Out During his Iconic Melbourne Knock vs Pakistan in T20 World Cup 2022

Gurpreet Singh

"I Was Zoned Out": Virat Kohli Admits to Have Blanked Out During his Iconic Melbourne Knock vs Pakistan in T20 World Cup 2022

In a documentary released by the OTT platform Hotstar in 2018, Virat Kohli had stated the importance of visualization while batting- where he would back his instincts to such a level that there’s just no negative streak in his body.

He had highlighted how it is important to remain in sync with his positive energy whenever such rare moments arrive – wherein his mind is in a state in which it convinces itself that no bowler will be able to dismiss him that day.

While we do not know whether or not Kohli was indeed in this particular state of mind infused with positive energy or not, during India’s T20 World Cup 2022 match against arch-rivals Pakistan at the MCG, he did share some of the most honest confessions pertaining his stay at the centre on the ground that night.

Having played a once in a Blue moon kind of a knock – 82* off 53 balls while chasing a seemingly improbable target at the halfway stage, Kohli brought down his innings from the superhero pedestal which his fans had placed it to, and exclaimed to have been entirely zoned out at one point in time for some part of his innings.

Virat Kohli Admits to Have Blanked Out During his Iconic Melbourne Knock vs Pakistan in T20 World Cup 2022

Speaking at a PUMA event a few days ago, Kohli remarked to have so much running into his head that he had ever forgotten what head coach Rahul Dravid had to say to him at the 10-Over mark.

“At the 10th over mark, we were 31 for 4 and I had just ran Axar (Patel) out. I was 12 off 25, or something. I remember in the break, Rahul bhai came to me and I don’t remember what he said. I swear and I even told him this as well. I told him, ‘I have no idea what you told me in that break because I was zoned out,” remarked Kohli.

The former India skipper further added that he was under such immense pressure, that his mind had completely shut off by the 12th or 13th Over.

How Virat Kohli coped up then?

Fortunately for Virat, his instincts kicked-in from there on and he decided to not think much, and let the talent  bestowed upon him by God do the real magic.

“That is when my instinct took over. So when I stopped thinking and planning, whatever God-given talent I have that came to the surface and then I felt like something higher was guiding me,” exclaimed Kohli.

He ended by stating that whatever happened that night, was one-of-a-kind and which will never happen again.

Needing 28 runs off the final 8 deliveries, Kohli smashed Pakistani pacer Haris Rauf for two sublime Sixes – the videos of which can be played at will by Indian Cricket fans in their minds for many a years to come.

Ultimately, with one run required off the final delivery, Ashwin lofted the ball over mid-off to take India over the line.

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Gurpreet Singh

Gurpreet Singh


Gurpreet Singh is a Cricket writer at The Sportsrush. His platonic relationship with sports had always been there since childhood, but Cricket managed to strike a special, intimate nerve of his heart. Although his initial dream of playing the sport at the highest level couldn't come to fruition, Gurpreet did represent the state of Jharkhand at the under-14 level. However, almost like taking a pledge to never let the undying passion for Cricket fade away even a tad, he made sure to continue the love relationship by assigning the field of journalism as an indirect Cupid. He thus, first finished his bachelor's in journalism and then pursued the PG Diploma course in English journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). Soon after and since 2019, he has been working at The Sportsrush. Apart from sports, he takes keen interest in politics, and in understanding women and gender-related issues.

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