India won the five-match ODIs 3-1 against the Windies, and Virat Kohli, who had played some terrific cricket in the series lauded the team’s performance in the final match. Meanwhile, India was victorious by nine wickets in Thiruvananthapuram.
We were clinical throughout the game – Virat
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2018
However, India had won the first match by eight wickets where Kohli slammed his 36th ODI hundred. After that, Windies made a good comeback, as they managed to draw the second game, and then they win the third match by 43 runs. Kohli was at his peak in all the three games, as he scored three consecutive centuries an entered records book.
Moreover, Virat Kohli also made a record of scoring the fastest 10,000 ODI runs. Kohli managed it to achieve the feat in the second game in Vizag. The India captain was just short of 81 runs when he came to bat after Rohit Sharma lost his wicket. Also, Virat took 205 innings to achieve the landmark, which is also the fastest in ODIs.
Besides Virat Kohli, the other Indian batter to achieve the feat are Sachin Tendulkar (18426), former skipper Sourav Ganguly (11363), Rahul Dravid (10889) and MS Dhoni who reached the milestone in July earlier this year. Also, Kohli became the 13th overall and fifth Indian batsman to join the elite class.
Speaking of this game, Virat remained unbeaten on 33, hitting six boundaries. In the chase of 105, India lost just one wicket in Shikhar Dhawan, and later, the pair of Rohit-Kohli helped India win the game. Earlier in the match, Holder had won the toss and asked the Indians to bowl. A four-wicket haul from Ravindra Jadeja broke the camel’s back, as Windies got all out on a mere 104.
At the post-match presentation, Virat says the team had ticked all the boxes and because of which they were able to finish the game so soon.
Khaleel looks exciting
“Turned out to be that way. Because of our clinical performance, we were able to finish the game in a few hours. Wanted to bowl first anyway. Still had to execute our plans. Last both games have been clinical, very professional with ball and bat. Change-room atmosphere is very important, and when you play like that, the energy is always good. Everyone wants to be part of it. Two areas I can think of: third seamer – Khaleel has been outstanding. Rayudu has also performed. God forbid anything happens to Bhuvi or Bumrah, good to have Khaleel who can come in and take wickets. Those two areas were important. To contribute as a captain is an added bonus. Won’t happen everytime. Awards are by-products of what you do on the field.”
Meanwhile, India will play three T20Is against the Windies, which commences on November 4th in Kolkata.