India vs New Zealand 2019: Three Clinical Games for us – Virat Kohli
Team India skipper Virat Kohli couldn’t ask more from the boys donning the national colours. In the third consecutive lopsided encounter, India has thoroughly dominated hosts Kiwis to bag the five-match One-day International series 3-0, with two games to go. On January 28 (Monday), in the third ODI at the Bay Oval, the exceptional cameo from Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik saw the Men in Blue cross the line in 43 overs by seven wickets while chasing the target of 244 runs. So far, India vs New Zealand 2019 series saw visitors conquering the hosts in all departments.
From Mohammed Shami to Hardik Pandya in the bowling and Rohit Sharma to Karthik, Men in Blue eventually rode on the remarkable all-round performance to seal the ODI series after ten years on Kiwis shores. Isn’t it something to cheer for a long time for the Team India? Yes, obviously it has to be in that case following a super show in series Down Under.
The 30-year-old top-order batsman Kohli, who recently slammed his 49th half-century has lauded the performance from his teammates. He eventually expressed excitement to see Rayudu and Karthik finishes things off in style.
“Amazing. Three clinical games for us. Couldn’t have asked for a better performance after the first two clinical games. The relentlessness of the side is something that really pleases me,” Kohli told Simon Doull at the post-match presentation.
Kohli on dressing room:
Kohli further also shed light on dressing room atmosphere while revealing they were pumped up at the fag end of the innings when took India home. The right handed-batsman scored 64-ball 60 in the recently-culminated third ODI before perishing on the bowling of Trent Boult.
“We really enjoy ourselves and even at the end when Rayudu and Karthik were batting. We were sitting in the change room and cheering for every run. That’s how the environment in the dressing room is,” Kohli said.
Also, Kohli added the team is confident to give best in the upcoming games while maintaining the players are backing themselves to give their best. He said if a player would fail to contribute, he is always aiming hight to score runs, and that’s what pushes opponent on the backfoot. While praising the all-round performance, Kohli set his hopes high for the remainder of the series.
“The guys believe in their skills and they are showing it on the field. When a guy doesn’t get runs in a couple of games, he’s actually hungry to score runs and the opposition feels a bit nervous because he’s gonna fire at some stage. So, that’s the kind of confidence we carry in the team right now; in the batting department as well as the bowling department. The guys are making those impactful performances and that’s why we have been winning convincingly. Hopefully, we can win the last 2 games,” Kohli added.
Kohli and his much-needed break:
Moreover, Kohli, who has been rested for the two ODIs and the entire Twenty20 International (T20I) series, is contended with the way he has contributed for the team. He further remarked it had been gruelling series Down Under and he has been playing non-stop cricket. He is happy to enjoy the much-needed break to get ready for the home series against Australia ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
“I haven’t had a break for a long time. It’s been a very hectic Australian tour and now I go on a break very happy 3-0 up sealing the series. I can relax and enjoy my break. Someday someone has to take your place and that’s how the game goes. I’m pretty happy contributing for the team as much as I can,” Kohli said.
It is pertinent to point out that the selection committee for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has not announced a replacement for Kohli. However, Kohli’s deputy Rohit will don the captain’s hat for the remainder of the series.
The visitors will play the fourth ODI on January 31 in Hamilton.
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