Former India captain Sourav Ganguly rated Virat Kohli better than Sachin Tendulkar as far as chasing targets was concerned after the dashing 27-year-old hammered an unbeaten 82 off 51 balls against Australia to steer India into the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20.Chasing 161, India were in trouble, losing Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina with only 49 on the board off 7.4 overs. However, Kohli first stitched a 45-run stand with Yuvraj Singh (21) before adding a quickfire 67 with Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to guide India home, with five balls to spare. (Scorecard|Points Table)Kohli has been in top form this year and several experts felt he would be the key if India had to win the World T20. He has so far smashed scores of 23, 55 not out, 25 and 82 not out. Ganguly, who had earlier said Kohli was a better batsman than he was, went a step further and called him a better chaser than Tendulkar. (Here’s how Kohli, Yuvraj and Dhoni upstaged Australia) “Kohli is the greatest chaser by far and I am saying this keeping in mind the great man Sachin Tendulkar,” Ganguly told India Today. “Sachin was special but as far as chasing is concerned, Kohli has done better than Sachin. Kohli is unreal.”Kohli averages 122.83 in successful run-chases for India in T20Is. He has scored 737 runs from 15 innings at a strike-rate of 131 and remained unbeaten nine times.Ganguly said India would be unstoppable now after “getting out of jail”. Australia had raced away to 55/1 off their first five overs and looked set for a huge score. But the bowlers fought back valiantly and India restricted Australia to par 160 on a good batting surface.advertisementGanguly said he was never in doubt of an Indian victory even after the hosts had stuttered to 65/3 at the end of 10 overs. They still needed 96 runs off 60 balls and Yuvraj was struggling in the middle, having injured his ankle. But Ganguly said he was sure India would win as long as they had Kohli and Dhoni to see them through.”Two outstanding players were at the wicket. It was still a good pitch to bat on. I always thought India would win as long as these two boys (Kohli and Dhoni) were at the crease.”Australia had to get one of these two boys out, preferably Kohli. When they were not able to get Kohli out, I knew India would win,” Ganguly said.The former India opener, who had led India to the final of the 2003 World Cup, said Australia missed variation in their bowling attack. The likes of Nathan Coulter-Nile and Josh Hazlewood felt the pressure of bowling to Kohli, Yuvraj and Dhoni during pressure moments in the game.To make things worse for the Aussies, Kohli is getting better with every game he plays. He got off to a slow start and was patient even after Yuvraj failed to convert the ones into twos. Ganguly said that was because of the confidence Kohli has in his own abilities.”He knew that he could accelerate at any stage and take the game away. I get the feeling that the team management feels he is India’s go-to man. They don’t put any pressure on him even if he scores slowly,” said Ganguly.India now face West Indies in the second semi-final at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Thursday. Ganguly said the hosts would be over-whelming favourites in the last-four clash. “India will play in Mumbai which is a good surface. West Indies will have to stand up against the Indian onslaught. India are by far the favourites against the West Indies. They have set it up for the Eden Gardens (where the final will be played on April 3).”India, who had lost their opening game against New Zealand, defeated Pakistan, Bangladesh and Australia to avoid elimination from the group stages.