Yet the way the experienced left-hander - Sunday's match was his 297th one-day global - took just 32 balls to score his runs saw the 35-year-old named man-of-the-match.
"I felt like a club batter next to him". Because that's what I think our players can do.
"We didn't take opportunities and they made us pay for it", Arthur said.
"And he ended up doing it three out of five times", he added.
Another former skipper, Aamir Sohail, said while the media loves to present it otherwise the truth is this Pakistan team doesn't have the ability to beat the current Indian side. When he got out, I took over.
Kohli, who Saturday had dismissed reports of a rift with India coach Anil Kumble, was equally contemptuous of Pakistan's attack during a blistering innings of 81 not out off just 68 balls that included six fours and three sixes.
"I would say 9 out of 10".
"Skill-wise we were clinical, in the field is something we can improve on". Very strong performance, we've taken the confidence from the practice games.
Kohli's master-class from 68 balls helped India post 319 for three in their 48 overs in a match interrupted by rain, after their innings had desperately needed a spark.
"I think the way Shikhar batted was really good to see".
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"The way Yuvi has come back and scored in the last series and now taking the initiative in this game, it's been lovely to see". "IPL is different, but global runs are very different, against a quality bowling attack as well", Kohli said.
Apart from the top order, all-rounder Hardik Pandya's cameo (20 runs in six balls) was also useful.
Well, Suyyash replied back to his Pakistani fans saying that if they have any problem with him supporting India then they should back out as there is more to come. "Against other sides, we might use two spinners, depending on their strengths". And that's all we focus on. But, like many other decisions which were hard to fathom, he did not. "The higher officials take care of those matters", he pointed out.
"My opinion does not matter and should not matter". It seems like we're going to war with them. You just have to go and back yourself and tell the opposition that you're here to attack.
Nonetheless, Kohli said, he does enjoy the competitiveness of Indo-Pak cricket rivalry. The atmosphere is great. Momentum comes your way; it goes away. "When you are chasing close to 300 in 41 overs and you get off to a start scoring 4 an over it shows serious lack of intent", Graeme Swann suggested. Rohit, who was struggling initially, got to his half-century in the 19th over with a pull that went for a six at the mid-wicket. What was special about Yuvraj's knock was the way he used the depth of the crease.
"It's a tricky situation".
"So it's the simplicity of those things that are worrying me at the moment".
Even though there were a number of candidates, Yuvraj Singh was declared player of the match for his wonderful innings. I don't know. We're trying every day. Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan made a good start.
Just as the opening partnership between Azhar and Ahmed Shehzad was nearing fifty, the Indians got a crucial wicket.
"I was lucky I was dropped, but I capitalised and I was hitting it well". We still have an outside chance of making the semi finals but that would require defeating both South Africa and Sri Lanka. The first ball was in the slot, full outside off, and Pandya promptly sent it sailing over long-off.
"It was unbelievable the way he came out". Sometimes it doesn't. We picked Shadab ahead of Fahim today. The 37-year-old, who announced his worldwide retirement earlier this year, also said heaped praise on Virat Kohli's men, saying that Men in Blue lived up to their tag of tournament favourites.