The aggression and the way of celebration with which Indian skipper Virat Kohli enjoyed his 28th ODI century in the game against Windies are self-explanatory.
Though it was an easy chase for India and of course not the biggest of the stage to make a century, Kohli had to make a statement.
Questions were raised when he failed to score against Pakistan in the final of ICC Champions Trophy and people started doubting his ability as a chaser. A defeat in the fourth ODI when chasing a mere total of 190 added to it. In final ODI, the target was only 206. The pitch was easy to bat but skipper Virat Kohli was keen to make a statement. (Read Here: BCCI Wishes MS Dhoni Happy Birthday)
He led the team from the front and scored a century to conclude the ODI series in style. A century to bring curtains down on this five-match series was the best thing which could have been done. It was a happy ending at last. Kohli too revelled in the moment and took the centre stage, courtesy his innings of 111* runs.
It was the 28th ton for him in this format of the game. Meanwhile, he became an owner of one more record which was owned by Sachin Tendulkar. This was Virat’s 18th century when put to chase a total. With this ton, he eclipsed Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s record and went past the God of Indian Cricket. (Read Here: Grant Flower Likely To Be Released As Batting Coach Of Pakistan)
Batsmen with most ODI centuries in chases:
Virat Kohli – 18
Sachin Tendulkar – 17
Tilakaratne Dilshan – 11
Chris Gayle – 11
Sanath Jayasuriya – 10
The moment and the stage were small but the Windies had mauled India in the previous game and visitors rebounded quite well, clearly stating that it was a mere stutter and to keep a team like this under pressure is the last thing which any opposition can do.
After finishing ODI series on a high, the attention now turns to the T20I series where team India India faces a totally rejigged Windies side which is better than them in the shortest format of the game.
The home side has likes of Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree and Marlon Samuels, all who are well versed of Indian players by virtue of sharing dressing room during IPL.
The Indian team might also make some changes to the side giving a chance to Rishabh Pant, making Ajinkya Rahane or Dinesh Karthik sit out for the lone T20I game.
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