It was Virat Kohli’s 33rd ODI century which helped India chase down the total of 270 set by South Africa in the opening ODI of the Momentum ODI series as the Men in Blue took a 1-0 lead in the six-match series.
It was a great inning, and alongside Ajinkya Rahane, the duo shared a match-winning stand of 189 runs which made light work of the total set by the Proteas.
Former Team India skipper Sourav Ganguly heaped praises on Kohli following his stupendous innings. While speaking to India Today, Ganguly praised Kohli for leading from the front and also explained what needs to be done to rework their combination.
Also, it was Kohli’s maiden ODI century in the Rainbow nation. Describing him as a special player, Ganguly said India might well have lost the game had Kohli got out early.
“Virat Kohli is really special. The more you and I see him, he seems unbelievable. The chase was just remarkable. You may say the wicket didn’t have much pace or movement as a typical Durban pitch. But if Kohli would’ve got out there, India won’t have won the game. He plans out where to score against, which bowler to attack and whom to go after. That’s what makes him special.”
There is no doubt about the fact that Kohli is one of the greatest limited overs batsmen of all times, and his record is sheer proof of his credentials. Ganguly said if Kohli managed to maintain his fitness then he will go on to break every possible batting records. He further said it is always a treat to watch Virat Kohli bat.
“I’ve witnessed Sachin Tendulkar play and with all that talk going around him closing on to Sachin’s records. I don’t see a reason why not. He keeps getting better and better. The sky is the limit for him. And it’s such a pleasure watching him bat every time. I think he’s the greatest alongside Sachin. But God knows what’s gonna happen, after 7-8 years if he continues to maintain his fitness.” Ganguly was quoted as saying by India Today.
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