Coming Back And Winning Last Two Games Is Really Satisfying – Virat Kohli
India had their backs against the wall after the first ODI loss against Australia. The visitors had absolutely hammered the hosts and India had not savored such a defeat in the last 15 years. But Virat Kohli’s men are known for their character. They bounced back to clinch the remaining two matches to take the series 2-1. India defeated Australia courtesy Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s knock after the bowlers did their job.
Kohli was once timing the ball sweetly and scored a fine knock of 91-ball 89 whereas Rohit Sharma scored 119. The Indian captain once again missed his chance to get a century but by then he had got the team within touching distance of the victory. Kohli and Rohit added 137 runs together and laid the foundation for the series win.
Kohli was classy again.
On the other hand, Kohli scored 183 runs in the three matches of the series at an average of 61. Hence, Kohli was awarded the Man of the series. Kohli added that the plan was to stitch a partnership with Rohit Sharma and not lose any wickets.
Virat Kohli said in the post-match presentation, “We’re quite experienced, Rohit and I, and we were short of Shikhar’s experience. We got a good start. We expect openers of the quality of Rohit and KL to give us starts like that. When KL got out it was a tricky situation. The ball was gripping and turning a bit, and this is where experience comes in. We spoke of stringing together a partnership and all Australia wants are wickets and if we don’t give them wickets we can chase 7-8 runs an over later on. We have that belief in our skills. Rohit played beautifully today, anchored the innings before I took over. It’s how we have played in the last 4-5 years. It’s important to make sure one guy continues to bat till the end and takes us over the line. More important was the comprehensive win”.
Meanwhile, it was a potent Australian side and India had to be at the top of their game to beat them. The tourists’ had Steven Smith, Aaron Finch, David Warner, and Marnus Labuschagne to go with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood in the bowling unit. Thus, Kohli claimed it was satisfying to win the series as this Australian team was better than the one which had toured back in 2019.
It is a potent Australian team.
Kohli added, (About the Starc drive through cover) It’s important to practice in the nets, but it’s important to be clear mentally and press forward. I’m not worried about the short ball, and trust my technique to take over, press forward, helping me to hit balls that are not there to hit. I enjoyed that shot. If you’re not positive, then your feet don’t move towards the ball and you nick those, so it’s important to be positive. You need to have a clear and uncluttered mind. Australia was even better than last time. There’s Steve, David, and Marnus. A quality bowling attack, and really intense in the field too. We lost the last three in the last series, and coming back and winning the last two games after losing the first one, is very satisfying. We just want to go upwards and onwards. Getting one back given that we lost the series at home last year is really satisfying.
The Indian team came up with a collective team effort to seal the series. The bowlers were also brilliant as they restricted Australia to 286 after Aaron Finch won the toss.
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