Lendl Simmons opened up about his match-winning knock against India in the World T20 semi-final at Wankhede and according to him, it was Kohli’s arrogant attitude that got him going.
The West Indian came out to bat when his team was struggling with a score of 19/2, Kohli welcomed him with some heated words that angered Simmons as he told ESPNCricinfo in an interview, “When he fielded, he said something to me, and I said to myself, ‘I’m going to show you you’re not the only good batsman.'”
Simmons recalled that the Indian star batsman, who was in terrific form during the World T20 event, was trying to rage him by throwing the ball at his end.
The 31-year old coined Kohli as an ‘arrogant and aggressive’ person, “That’s the way he is. He’s very arrogant, he’s very aggressive when he fields, and when he bats as well. He’s just a very aggressive person.”
Kohli’s not-so-friendly attitude proved beneficial for Simmons and the West Indies as he got more determined at the crease, “Those things motivate our players and it certainly motivated me. That really urged me to bat the way I did – to show him that he’s not the only one who can do it. That played a big role.”
As luck favors the brave, Lendl Simmons survived on two no-balls and a catch taken by Ravindra Jadeja at the boundary, but, the replay suggested that his foot touched the rope, thus he stayed alive.
Simmons said about his fortunate outing in Mumbai, “Every cricketer has his day and you just need to cash in when it is your day,” he feels that semi-final knock is the highlight of his career, “I took full opportunity of that to bat until the end. It was mind-blowing doing that with all those people supporting India and being very loud. It was the highlight of my career.”
Lendl Simmons scored 82 off 51 deliveries with the help of five 6’s and seven 4’s that took West Indies to the target of 193 set by India.
Ultimately, West Indies went on to win the World T20 final as well and became the only team to win it twice.