Virat Kohli’s record ton powers India to series win

Virat Kohli's record ton powers India to series win

WI 205/9 (50.0 Ovs)
IND 206/2 (36.5 Ovs)

Rahane, Man of the Series: I really want to make it count, and even in the Champions Trophy I had been batting well in the nets. This wicket was slightly better as compared to the previous games. The ball was coming on nicely, and this was the best wicket to bat on. I was just trying to enjoy my batting. ODI cricket is all about enjoying your batting and go at your own pace. Whenever I go onto bat, I always look to give my best, today me and Shikhar tried our best to get India off to a good start.
(2/2) If you carry 15-16 members in the squad, it’s important to believe in their abilities. If you are playing for the nation, you have to be good at this level. People are grabbing their opportunities. DK, Kuldeep have been good. Shami is playing an ODI almost after two years, hats off to those guys for grabbing the opportunities. I have always been a batsman that’s played the situation and that’s something that has never changed. I still think the same way I used to when I wasn’t the captain. It’s a taking a bit more responsibility for the guys at the other end. That’s always a nice thing to learn and also makes you understand the game better as well. I’m relishing the opportunity.

Virat Kohli, Man of the Match: (1/2) First and foremost, the aim was to win the series, have a complete team performance and a couple of standout performances. Special mention to Rahane who has been consistent throughout the series. It has been a while in ODI cricket and the way he batted was outstanding. Shikhar was really good at the top as well. Kuldeep Yadav with the ball was also outstanding. Every time with the ball, we were on the button and been consistent. Really pleased with the whole team effort. Today was another clinical performance from us. Winning convincingly in a chase is always a nice feeling and something we aim to do as a team. I didn’t want to disappoint you (Darren Ganga). You mentioned, two failures in the last 2 games, for me it is all about getting the team across the line. I never look at stats and numbers. For me it is all about looking at the scoreboard and focus on what I need to achieve. Which bowlers to target and when we need to give respect to the bowlers. Even if it is a big total or small total I like playing with the tempo of the game. Stringing partnerships help. DK and Rahane have been excellent. Communication really helps. General mindset is to get the team across the line.
Holder: We got a very good start. Unfortunately Kyle Hope got out when we were building some momentum. I just hope that the guys learn quickly. I can only control what I can control. It’s a relatively inexperienced side and hope we get some results our way going forward. The pitch was good throughout the entire game. We just didn’t capitalise. We lost wickets at crucial stages and never recovered from there. Our bowling has been good in few of the games, and that will be the positives I’ll be taking from this series. Still a lot of work to be done in terms of consistency.

Most centuries in ODIs:
49 Tendulkar (452 innings)
30 Ponting (365)
28 Jayasuriya (433)/ Kohli (181*)
25 Sangakkara (380)/ Amla (153)
Kohli now has 5159 runs in chases – 7th most by any batsman. He went past Mahela Jayawardene (5150), Aravinda de Silva (5134) & Ricky Ponting (5074) during this innings.
Most 100s in ODI chases:
18 KOHLI (102 innings*)
17 Tendulkar (232)
11 Dilshan (116)/ Gayle (139)
10 Saeed Anwar (105)/ Jayasuriya (210)

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