Indian skipper Virat Kohli slammed his 34th International hundred, as India thrash South Africa by 124 runs to go 3-0 up in the series. India is currently playing a six-match ODI series against South Africa following their 2-1 loss in the Test series.

Kohli has taken himself to a different level making it a habit of breaking records with every innings. Yesterday, he again broke a handful of records, as India marched towards their first-ever series win on the South African soil.

Kohli, who is otherwise a supremely fit athlete but on a warm day at Newlands, the India captain was seen struggling a bit with cramps in his forearms, as he was nearing his hundred.

However, Kohli overshadowed his pain and went on to hammer an unbeaten 160 of 159 balls including 12 fours and two sixes.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Every hundred is very special. International runs are never easy; they are hard earned. It was pleasing from the point the view that we want someone to bat through the innings and was able to do that today, so that feels really good. I was pleased that I was able to bat throughout and also because I was struggling with a bit of a cramp when I was in the 90s. Amazing things can happen when you are thinking of the team all the time. You can push your body beyond limits that you might push yourself otherwise. I experienced that today, and it was an amazing feeling, and I am really happy,” Kohli said in the post-match press conference.

Kohli is keen to continue playing cricket with same intensity even at the age of 34-35. Accordingly, he devotes so much of time to training and keeps a check on his diet.

I will be 30 this year. The decision was in terms of extending the quality of cricket you want to play at an older age as well. That is my intention. I want to play this kind of cricket even when I am 34-35. That’s why I train so much. I am the guy who likes to play with intensity, and once that is gone, I don’t know what I am going to do. I try to protect that, and I try to train as much as I can, keep a check on my diet. As an athlete, you crave for days like these. These are the kind of days that give you satisfaction as a batsman and as a Team India player. I am really happy to contribute to the mood that is in the dressing room right now,” Kohli added.

So far, India has dominated the series, as South Africa couldn’t form resistance after losing three of their star batsmen. India is currently on course to win whitewash the Proteas. However, Kohli wants to take one game at a time.

There are still three games to go in the series, and we’ll play like we have played till now. Maybe with more intensity in the next game to close the series out. Biggest positive out of today is that we are 3-0 up and there’s no way we can lose the series, and that is something which lifts the team even much more. The sixth game is too far-fetched. We focus on one game at a time,” Kohli concluded.

India will play their fourth ODI on Saturday at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

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