India pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar, on Sunday, said Virat Kohli ‘badly wanted a hundred’. Kohli’s reaction after he completed his ton in the second ODI against West Indies said it all. The India skipper jumped and punched the air in delight after ending his mini century drought. Kohli had last scored a century in March during the home series against Australia.
Kohli was not really out of form but was just not managing to convert his starts into centuries. In the World Cup, he scored five half-centuries but failed to cross the triple-digit mark even once. But on Sunday, he finally managed to end his drought and scored his 42nd ODI ton. It was Kohli’s fourth ODI ton of the year.
“From Virat’s expression, you can make out that how badly wanted a hundred. It’s not like he was out of form, it was just that he was getting dismissed in the 70s or 80s in the World Cup. The wicket was not easy, when he came back after getting dismissed, he said the wicket is not that easy,” Bhuvneshwar Kumar told reporters after the second ODI.
Kohli’s century and an impressive fifty from Shreyas Iyer helped India overcome a shaky start to post a challenging total of 279. In reply, West Indies were all out for 210 while chasing a revised total of 270 in 46 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar starred with the ball, picking up four wickets.
“I was not thinking about the result. We knew if we get one-two wickets, we will be back in the game. I just planned on bowling economically and bowling more dot balls,” Kumar said.
“Pooran’s wicket was the main-wicket. Then Roston Chase’s wicket was also very crucial. He was rotating the strike constantly, so his wicket was also an important wicket,” he added.