India skipper Virat Kohli, the chase specialist, was yet again in full rhythm after a couple of failures in the just concluded series against West Indies. His weakness was particularly the short ball. It cost his innings twice and was slowly becoming the talking point.
However, with the recent knock, which yielded him his 28th ODI century, has ensured that the poor luck with the short ball has now become a forgettable myth.
Chase carried out smoothly
India did not have much to bother during the chase as West Indies were able to put up only 205/9 batting first at the Sabina Park, Jamaica. IAlthough the Indians had a poor start where they lost Shikhar Dhawan for just 4 runs, Ajinkya Rahane stayed with Virat Kohli for a brief amount of overs to give stability.
Later on, Dinesh Kartik joined Kohli and the duo did the job. Kohli ended up smashing 111 off just 115 balls while Kartik stood unbeaten at 50 from 52 balls.
“When you are not too happy with how you are getting out and then you end up convincingly scoring a century and remaining not out and taking the team across the line, I think it’s a complete package,” Kohli said.
“For a batsman, you can’t have an ideal scenario, when you have a chanceless knock as well, you haven’t given any half-chances either. From that point of view, I felt it was a complete knock from a personal point of view and for the team as well.
When asked to rate the quality of his century, Kohli felt that it totally depends on the seriousness of the knock stating that at times even a 49 is more worthy than a century.
“But it’s difficult to rate centuries. I would say the last one [against England] was still more special because the total was more massive and we were 63 for 4. In hindsight, when you look at those things, you understand the importance of those knocks. Maybe the 49 in Bangladesh against Pakistan [in the Asia Cup T20 2016] was the best I’ve played in the last couple of years. It was only 49, it wasn’t even 50, so I think the quality of the knock, you can think of it only later, when you play in different conditions when you understand how difficult the previous conditions were.”