Kohli reacts after India beat New Zealand to secure 5-0 whitewash
Just like Indian skipper Virat Kohli said earlier that they were aiming to whitewash New Zealand in New Zealand, they have successfully accomplished a historic feat. India have won five games in a row in the shorter format and whitewashed New Zealand for the first time in T20I history.
India won the fifth and final match by seven runs at Bay Oval stadium. New Zealand were never a side that caused problems to India. Though they gave absolutely everything with the ball to restrict the Indians to 163, they failed to chase the target in a run-chase.
“All of us are really proud of the way we’ve played this series. I think the conversation we had was to always look to find ways to win. When it comes out, it feels nice. You don’t want to see what happened to Rohit, but there were all these young guys playing well and handling the pressure. That gives me a lot of pleasure watching from the outside and they will take this momentum going forward for many years.
Basically it is all about laying the vision in front of the boys, the way you think, prepare. The guys are taking notice of it and they realize that the team needs 120% from them every time. Because only then you will find ways to win. That has been a massive change for us in the last two-three years. We have seen the results; we obviously won’t win everything and these victories give a lot more pleasure than the one-sided victories.
Kane and me have similar mindsets, similar philosophies. It is amazing that despite being from different parts of the world, we have similar thinking and we speak the same language. Despite what the scoreline suggests, I feel that New Zealand cricket is in the best hands and he is the right guy to lead this team. He is the perfect, perfect man to lead them. I wish him the best of luck and power to lead this side in the future. They are a side everyone loves to watch and play against,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
Now the action shifts to the three-match ODI series. The first ODI will be played on February 5 (Wednesday) at Seddon Park, Hamilton. Kiwis are under immense pressure now as they have faced humiliation at home.
The hosts will be looking forward to turning the tables in the 50-over format.