SA v IND 2018: Virat Kohli feels delighted to bat till the end

Virat Kohli scored 160* - highest ODI score by an Indian batsman against South Africa.

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli led India from the front in 3rd ODI to take a lead of 3-0 in the six-match ODI series.

Kohli, who won man of the match made 160 not out from 159 balls to lead his side to a 124-run victory said, “Well the tour didn’t start off too well but I knew I had to come in and get stuck in for us to compete in every game. Feels very good that it’s coming off in winning causes.”

Kohli talked about the turn and twist in India's innings. “It started off with good pace and bounce. The new ball was hitting the ball nicely with pace. It was a drastic change after the 30th over and we immediately chopped down our target from 330 to 280-290.”

Virat enjoyed batting till the end and despite cramping wanted to finish the innings. “You’re always looking for someone to get bat till the end and it’s amazing if you do it as the captain. Another good partnership with Shikhar and a good stand with Bhuvi in the end as well. I was cramping towards the end but knew I had to stay till the end to get us 300.”

“These are the times you’re tested mentally as well as physically. We wanted to give the spinners the pressure of defending today and it worked out. The intensity will be more in the fourth game because we can’t lose this series anymore. I’m sure they’ll come all guns blazing so we want to close that door,” he added.


By Sihyeu Prakash Singh - 08 Feb, 2018

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