Indian Cricket Team was asked to bat first in the 1st ODI. India got off to a rollicking start as the openers managed to put a huge partnership of 143 runs. Sri Lankan batters were getting thrashed all around the park as there was hardly anything in it for the bowlers.
Virat Kohli was in sublime touch as the right-handed batter paced his innings quite brilliantly. The batter smashed his 45th ODI century and 73rd International ton. The batter stood tall as the likes of KL Rahul & Hardik Pandya couldn’t convert their starts into big ones.
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Virat Kohli looked like a man on a mission where he was cleverly scoring an odd boundary. The management would be pumped up with this performance as now he has given the team a solid chance of winning the match as chasing 374 won’t be easy for the visitors.
Head Coach Rahul Dravid would be relieved as the batting unit clicked after a forgettable Bangladesh ODI Series. KL Rahul would be utterly disappointed with his performance as the batter scored 39 runs in 29 balls and was bowled around the legs which is quite humiliating.
I have had a bit of break- Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli was asked about the knock. “I have had a bit of break, and a couple of practice sessions coming into this game, so I was fresh after that Bangladesh tour. I was excited for the home season to start. The openers allowed me to get into the game and I tried to keep my strike rate in check,” said Virat Kohli
I was able to maintain the tempo and we finished with 370- Virat Kohli
“I was happy I was able to maintain the tempo and we finished with 370. I would take those (dropped chances) any day. Luck plays a big part, you need to thank god on such evenings. These evenings are important, pretty aware of that. Thankful that I made the most of that luck presented to me. I helped the team get 20 runs extra, rather than 350. It’s going to be the same thing,” he stated
Someone will have to score a 150, or 140 to chase this down- Virat Kohli
“Someone will have to score a 150, or 140 to chase this down. But it also gives our bowlers a chance to bowl with dew coming into play. I am quite aware of what I eat, diet is the most important thing at this age. That keeps me in prime shape. That helps me give my 100 percent for the team,” he added.