Kohli talks about team’s environment of dressing room
Job done for Virat Kohli as Team India got the better of New Zealand in all aspects of the game and as a result three good wins came too easy for the Men in Blue. A comprehensive 3-0 series win against the hosts tells you something about the Indian team’s relentless confidence which is blooming at a very good pace.
Indian skipper at the post-match presentation said that he was pleased as punch with team’s performances in the three matches. Now that he can take rest and relax after a very long time. “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 said.
India lost Shikhar Dhawan a bit early and it was Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli who put on a rock-solid century plus partnership for the second wicket, which was their 16th century plus stand in ODIs and the second-most for India only behind Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly.
Both chipped in with 60’s each and got out. After that it was all Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu’s show. Both put on a 50 plus stand and helped the team ace the run-chase. Virat Kohli spoke about team’s environment in the dressing room where players were cheering for every snippet of the game.
“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,” he added.
“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,” Kohli echoed.
India comfortably sit on top against the visitors and with 2 more matches to go, the visitors will look to end the series on a high note and that’s what Kohli wants from his teammates as Rohit Sharma will be taking over the scene as captain.”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 concluded.
New Zealand will look to avoid humiliation as they made 2 changes in their side. James Neesham and Todd Astle replace Doug Bracewell and Ish Sodhi respectively for the last 2 ODIs.