Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Hardik Pandya, Port Elizabeth, 5th ODI
Virat Kohli (Credits: BCCI)

A few days ago, Indian ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had said that no matter what Virat Kohli would always go for a win while being pragmatic in his approach.

“He (Kohli) is someone who will go for a win come what may. He does not have a negative bone in his body, he always talks about a win, never about saving situations, we’re always moving ahead. It is good because the players know what is required from them. It gives an amazing amount of intensity to the team,” Ashwin told reporters after the Group ‘C’ match between Tamil Nadu and Gujarat in the Vijay Hazare Trophy last week.

Well, the India skipper did not take long to show why Ashwin made such a comment. During the fifth ODI against South Africa, his reaction after AB de Villiers’ dismissal made it crystal clear that winning the game is of utmost importance to him.

Kohli and de Villiers share a great camaraderie. Both the players have been playing together in the Indian Premier League since 2011 and will share the dressing room in the forthcoming season.

However, it did not stop Kohli from celebrating wildly and dramatically after his Royal Challengers Bangalore mate was dismissed cheaply.

Here is a clip showing the dramatic celebration from Virat Kohli:

Meanwhile, South Africa failed to recover after de Villiers’ departure and were skittled out for 201 while chasing 275.

Batting first, India scored 274 for seven in the allotted 50 overs. Rohit Sharma top-scored for the tourists, scoring 115. India could have posted over 300 but another middle-order collapse dashed the hopes.

However, the score turned out to be sufficient in the end. The bowlers did a fine job to bowl out the hosts well inside 43 overs. Kuldeep Yadav starred with the ball, claiming four scalps while Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya bagged two wickets apiece.

The win gave India a 4-1 lead in the series and also their first-ever bilateral series win in South Africa.

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