India vs New Zealand 2019, Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli Image Courtesy: Getty

The India National Cricket Team continues their brilliant run in the ODI format. On Monday, they defeated New Zealand in the third ODI at the Bay Oval by seven wickets, thus claiming the five-match series 3-0. Meanwhile, the captain, Virat Kohli was delighted with the way the players have conducted themselves on the field more than the result. Though he will be on rest from this point onwards, Virat said relentlessness of the side has stood out for him.

I am delighted with the performance – Virat Kohli

The Indian team has achieved some incredible records in over a few months. First, they won the Asia Cup 2018 in the UAE and then dominated the Windies across three formats. Later, on their tour to Australia, the Virat Kohli-led team defeated the hosts 2-1 in four Tests before winning the three-match ODIs by the same margin. Now, in the ongoing five-match ODIs against New Zealand, the Indian team has won the series here too.

New Zealand vs India 2019, Virat Kohli
Virat is delighted with team India’s performances. Image Courtesy: Getty

Looking back at such results and keeping in mind the 2019 World Cup, Virat said everyone seems in good space. He added he is pleased with the overall games.

“The thing that stands out for me is the relentlessness of the side. The side has started to realize how to close the series. It’s great. The bowlers were as hungry. Shami running, Hardik hitting good areas. Overall very pleased with how the games have gone.”

Rayudu scoring runs are good for us – Kohli

Ambati Rayudu, Virat Kohli
Virat says Ambati coming good with the bat will help India. Image Courtesy: Getty

The Indian team skipper talked about Ambati Rayudu too. Though Rayudu is suspended to bowl in the international arena by the ICC, Virat says he coming to form is a good sign for the team. He added Ambati’s runs are plugging confidence in his game, and it would eventually benefit the unit.

“When Rayudu starts playing like that, you get more confident as a team. I don’t think we have a lot to worry about. The 30-40 period is something we have to work on batting first. It is up to the two guys who are batting out there. It is going to be our team goal.”

Meanwhile, India will take on New Zealand in the fourth ODI in Hamilton on Thursday (January 31st). Also, the BCCI had rested Virat for the remaining games, and thus Rohit Sharma will lead in his absence.

Gautam Sodhi

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