Indian skipper Virat Kohli played another gritty knock in the decider of the three-match series between India and Australia. His performance during the series helped him win the Man of the Series award. Virat Kohli scored another scintillating half-century in the final game of the series to help the men in blue win another important series at home. He scored a total of 89 runs in the chase and showed the world again as to why he’s the best pressure absorbing batsman of modern-day cricket.
Virat stitched a beautiful partnership along with opener Rohit Sharma for the third wicket and ensured that India crossed the finishing line. Rohit Sharma scored a scintillating century and was adjudged the Man of the Match. Virat’s innings consisted of 8 fours. But there was one cover drive that made everyone go wow.
Virat Kohli Speaks Up On The Cover Drive
Virat played the cover drive off Mitchell Starc’s delivery. The ball was a bit short of length and Kohli’s shot to the delivery was amazing. When asked about the same during the post-match ceremony, Virat said, “You do practise a lot in the nets. If you are not worried about the short ball, you look to get forward all the time. When I have that clarity in my mind, I just look to get forward. Clarity of mind is the key thing. You need to have a free mind, and today I felt like that. Today I went for my shots.” Virat emphasized on how his pre-match preparations help him master the shots that he plays during the game.
Kohli also mentioned that Shikhar Dhawan’s absence is a huge factor and as to how it got a bit difficult to bat after Rahul’s dismissal. He added that his and Rohit’s experience helped them bat swiftly. “We are quite experienced players, and we were one short in Shikhar today. We got a very good start, and when KL got out, it was a tricky situation because the ball was turning and gripping. We had to play deep, and this is how we have played in the last 4-5 years. This is what experience helps. It’s quite enjoyable batting with Rohit, but more importantly, a comprehensive win,” Kohli said.
India beat Australia by seven wickets in the final ODI of the three-match series to win the series 2-1. Having lost the first game, team India was in immense pressure. But Captain Kohli played two solid knocks in the last two games to help India lift the trophy. India will now travel to New Zealand for a tour that consists of five T20Is, three ODIs, and two Tests.