Virat Kohli gives a huge warning to South Africa
Virat Kohli had started his Test captaincy career from the scratch by inheriting a young team. He then gradually turned them into potential match-winners by instilling a sense of confidence and today, his brigade has been a formidable force to reckon with in the longest version of the game.
After 71 years, India finally won its maiden Test series in Australia. Not just that, they have dominated South Africa in every aspect and won the home series 2-0 with one more match to go. With this series win over Proteas, India went past Australia’s 10 home wins to register a record of 11 straight series wins on home soil.
Extremely happy after a massive victory, Virat Kohli, who won the man of the match award for his career-best score of 254 not out added that every win is important as far as the ICC World Test Championship is concerned. He added that his team will not take it lightly in the third and final Test against South Africa that starts in Ranchi on October 19.
India are currently on top of the points table with 200 points after 4 wins (2 wins against West Indies, 2 wins against South Africa)
“It’s been nice and looking at the larger picture – the Test Championship, every game has even more value. We are not going to take the foot off the gas in the third Test. We are looking for a result and hopefully make it 3-0. No-one’s going to relax at any stage, that is a guarantee,” Kohli added.
Virat Kohli overtook Don Bradman’s Test tally of 6,996 runs and also surpassed Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag by scoring a record 7th Test double hundred, which is the highest by an Indian batsman.
“The mindset is always to help the team and in that process, the big scores come. I think the moment you start thinking about the team, all the pressure goes away. I am at a stage at my career where I am happy to play for my team. Putting the team in a commanding position is the only goal. It’s been natural progress to have a calm mindset over the years,” Kohli added.