India skipper Virat Kohli has equaled former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting in scoring number of centuries in one day international cricket. Registering his 30th ODI ton, Kohli is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar; Tendulkar is in the peak of all with 49 ODI hundreds in his career.
Virat Kohli led India from the front in the clean sweep against Sri Lanka in the five match series. India picked up a 6 wicket win over the islanders in the last limited over match.
Pleased with the performance of the team, Kohli said after the match, “We did very well in Tests, but in the ODIs we didn’t do so well. From the last game in the West Indies, now we have won six. That is something we wanted to address before this series, we wanted to be relentless.”
Indian skipper hoped his team is settling down nicely for the 2019 World Cup, said, “We spoke about experimenting with a few guys going up and down the order. If you go against India, there is one pattern they follow, so people tend to prepare like that.”
“But when we get more confident in the roles we are given, then we can be more unpredictable. That becomes a lethal combination. A team will find it difficult to set a pattern against us. But we have to embrace that change.”
Kohli is happy to perform with the bat reckoned equaling record is nice, “That is not something you aim for, but as batsmen you respect what these legends have achieved. It is nice to have equaled one. But (Tendulkar) is quite a bit away. That is going to take one hell of an effort.”
“But I am not thinking about that. Even if I get 90 not out and the team wins, that will be fine.”
“The pitch was very different today. The pitch had been under the covers for two days and sticky. So, the spinners were much more effective. I only had nine boundaries in my century.”
“Two big knocks in three days. Today was very challenging, just running those singles and doubles and rotating the strike. We played with six batters, including MS (Dhoni). So it became much more important for me to stick in there and not play lot of high risk shots.”
“At this stage of your career, it becomes about awareness. The last game, it was about coming out to play the way I wanted to, but today playing a batsman less, the responsibility was on me.”
“That becomes the second nature when you have done it for X number. It is not something you need to plan before, react to a situation. You need to be very respectful to the game and the results would come,” he said.