WATCH- Fan breaches security to meet Virat Kohli during Indore T20I, Incident highlights need for increased surveillance

If yesterday's knock is anything to go by, Kohli has changed his approach in the shortest format and is now willing to take on the bowlers, even spinners who have caused him some trouble in the past.

Sarah Andrew
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While fan devotion is heartwarming, safety remains paramount.

While fan devotion is heartwarming, safety remains paramount.

Virat Kohli's long-awaited return to T20 internationals yesterday sent ripples through the cricket world. After 14 months of absence, his presence alone sparked immense anticipation - a testament to his enduring star power. With the T20 World Cup looming, every eye was on Kohli, and he didn't disappoint.

His innings- a brisk 29 runs off just 16 deliveries- wasn't about sheer size, but about pure impact. It showcased a willingness to adapt, a departure from his traditional template to suit the ever-evolving demands of T20 cricket. His strike rate soared above 180, but more importantly, he exuded a newfound comfort at the crease.

With a comfortable target of 174 on a flat Holkar pitch, and talented youngsters like Shivam Dube, Jitesh Sharma, and Rinku Singh waiting to bat, he could have easily played a measured innings. Yet, Kohli chose aggression. He seized the initiative, putting the Afghan bowlers under constant pressure right from the start. Kohli also displayed a newfound mastery against spin, a department that has traditionally troubled him in T20 cricket. He danced down the wicket, using the depth of the crease to dispatch the spinners with elegant ease.

If Kohli maintains this aggressive and adaptable form, Indian fans will have every reason to be optimistic about their T20 World Cup chances. His performance could inspire and galvanize the entire team, potentially paving the way for a triumph.

Man breaches security to meet Kohli

Kohli's popularity was on full show at the stadium yesterday and it even caused a slight disruption. During India's time in the field, a fervent supporter evaded security to reach Kohli, touching his feet and embracing him before being carried away. The incident, sadly, echoes past breaches where fans have gone to extreme lengths to meet players. It has been learnt that the man was taken to Tukoganj Police Station. This is not the first time that such an incident has happened and surely not the last. 

While fan devotion is heartwarming, safety remains paramount. Such intrusions, while potentially fueled by passionate admiration, disrupt security protocols and pose unforeseen risks for both fans and players. Kohli handled the situation calmly, but it serves as a stark reminder of the need for stricter security measures and responsible fan behavior to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment of the game.

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