Terming Kedhar Jadhav's bowling spell as the turning point of the match, Kohli heaped praise on the part-time spinner and called him a street-smart cricketer.
"I won’t take the whole credit for this bowling change as I asked MS (Dhoni) as well and we both decided that Kedar is a good option at the moment and he bowled really well. He doesn’t bowl much in the nets but he is smart cricketer. He knows where the batsmen will get troubled and he thinks like a batter when he is bowling. It is always an advantage to any bowler if he thinks like that," Kohli said in the post match conference.
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"Wickets were obviously a bonus. Hardik went for a few in his first three so we wanted to give him a bit of a break and cover up the overs through Kedar. We knew that he would get us few dot balls but ended up turning the whole game for us," he added.
Kohli also lauded Indian pace duo Buvneshwar Kumar (2/53) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/39), who were once agains amongst the wickets and also proved to very economical.
"They have been outstanding, especially in the last two games. Terrific initially and in the later stages as well. They have wicket-taking abilities, which is something the opposition knows. After the Sri Lanka game, their line and length have been impeccable," Kohli said.
"Even in conditions which are not favouring the bowlers, their line and length have been such that they keep producing wicket-taking deliveries. So credit to both of them to getting us close to where we stand," he added.
Calling it a complete performance from the whole squad, Kohli said that he never thought that India will win the contest by such a huge margin. Kohli also heaped praises on the openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, who once again gave a flying start to the team.
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"We had another complete game. When we won the toss, I expected another clean and collective performance. Honestly, we never expected us to win by nine wickets but that is quality that we have at the top of the order. Both the guys at the top gave us a great start. It allowed me to play my natural game," said the Indian skipper.
"I was feeling really good. I always try to give myself sometime. Last time we had lost a wicket and I had to play with patience. Today was an opportunity for me to play the way I can. It came off. Going to 30-35, I knew I was hitting the ball well. Credit to Rohit. To Shikhar as well. Hopefully, they can give us another solid start in the final," Kohli added.
India will now meet arch-rivals Pakistan for the first time in a final of a 50-over ICC event, however, Kohli said that the team will approach it like any other match, which have been doing so far in the tournament.
"It's the end of the tournament but we will approach it like any other game. It might sound boring. The side that gets less excited and has more composure will win the final. We are very keen to get on the park for the final. We might be tested in the final as well but I am confident of our team doing well when the pressure is on," said Kohli.
First Published: June 15, 2017, 11:29 PM IST