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'Arrogant' Virat Kohli fired up Lendl Simmons to knock India out of World T20

India Today logo India Today 09-06-2016

Lendl Simmons has revealed that how a "very arrogant" Virat Kohli fired him up to play a match-winning knock in the World Twenty20 semifinal to knock out India. Riding on Kohli's 47-ball 89, India posted 192/2 on the board but Simmons slammed a fluent 51-ball 82 to power West Indies to a seven-wicket win at the Wankhede.

The West Indies also went on to win the World T20 title for the second time by beating England in the final. Simmons said, in that match he was fired up by Kohli's on field aggressive behaviour.

"When he (Virat Kohli) 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 told ESPNCricinfo.

"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," he added.

Simmons too rode his luck in that semifinal match, as he was twice caught of no-balls. Simmons was drafted into the West Indies squad at the last stage of the tournament to replace an injured Andre Fletcher.

"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," Simmons said.

Simmons rates that knock against India being the highlight of his career. "Every cricketer has his day and you just need to cash in when it is your day. I took full opportunity of that (caught off no-balls) 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," he said.

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