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Proud feeling to get Player of the Tournament, says Virat Kohli

Indian vice-captain however, says that disappointment of team falling in the semifinals will stay with him

With three half-centuries in five games, including an unbeaten 82 not out against Australia that was a classic for the ages and ensured India’s progression to the semifinals ahead of the Australians, Virat Kohli was the unanimous choice for the ICC World Twenty20 2016 Player of the Tournament award. He totalled 273 runs at a stunning average of 136.50 and a strike-rate of 146.77, but while he was proud of winning the prize, he was disappointed his side was stopped in the semifinal by the West Indies, the eventual champion, though Kohli followed up his 82 not out with an equally incandescent, unbeaten 89.

“On a personal level, it’s a good feeling. I feel proud to achieve that twice, in two World Cups,” said Kohli on receiving the honour – having also won the Man of the Series award for the ICC World Twenty20 2014. “But both times, I was disappointed that we lost the finals, and we lost in the semis this time. You want to contribute as an individual to the team – and I’ve been rewarded for that – but as a team we wanted to go further than that, and we believed we could go to the final and win this tournament.

“As I said, in this tournament, anything can happen on any day. And you can’t guarantee anything. That was not our day, in the semis, so it’s more a case of mixed feelings. I was sitting and watching the game. I didn’t think I would get it. I thought someone who had reached the finals would get the Player of the Tournament. I ended up getting it, I felt proud about it but I felt really sad and gutted when we lost the semis. So yeah, mixed bag of feelings.”

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