Captain Virat Kohli was elated on the hard fought series victory against NZ. Following his century show he praised the bowlers for their effort in the games.
If you missed out the series decider yesterday then we remind you that it was cracker of a game! Virat Kohli cant get enough out for his bowlers who are shining bright with each passing game.
The weekend witnessed a super Sunday as India outplayed New Zealand in a nail biting series final. India captain Virat Kohli heaped praise on his bowlers as Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal. The duo produced a brilliant performance to hand the hosts a six-run victory against New Zealand in a high-scoring game. The Green Park Stadium, Kanpur on Sunday came to life as India bagged the series 2-1.
In reply to India’s mammoth 337/6, the Kiwis mustered 331/7 as they fell short by seven runs. Kohli expressed his satisfaction at his team’s bowling performance and said he was glad the bowlers came out on top.
The Indian skipper also credited the New Zealand team for putting up a a great fight in all three ODIs. Meanwhile the team needed to be at their best to get the better of the visitors in the three-match ODI series.
Bumrah was the star of the night as he wrap the match with the figures of three for 47 from his quota of 10 overs. He halted the flow of runs in the death overs in addition to picking up crucial wickets. Yuzvendra Chahal’s performance with the ball was admirable too. The young spinner put a barrier to Kiwi run scoring and also took important scalps. Bhuvaneswar Kumar despite having a bad day, came back strong to finish his last two in the depth overs.
Complimenting his team’s all-round performance, Kohli said, “To be fair to the bowlers the wicket eased out nicely. The ball was coming onto the bat beautifully. But glad the bowlers came out on top. It was like a knockout game for us, and the boys showed their character.”
However, the Indian captain did not fail to appreciate the visitors’ performance in all three ODIs.
“Credit to New Zealand. They challenged us in all three games and forced us to play our best in every game. Credit to the skill and character they possess,” Kohli said.
Kohli fielding at the boundary and during the end overs and there was no hint of animation from the vibrant character.
“I decided that I would let the bowlers do what they want to do and that’s why I was calm. There was dew too, just glad the boys pulled through.”
Kohli, who scored his 32nd ODI century and became the fastest to score 9,000 ODI runs, won the Man of the Series award with 263 runs under his belt.
Talking about his role in the team’s stellar performance, Kohli says, “My aim is for the team to win the game and the series, and if I personally do well, then it’s a bonus. These things are hard to ignore since we keep hearing these, but the aim is to always make the team win from any situation.”
Man of the match Rohit Sharma was the top scorer for India with 147 runs as he struck his 15th ODI century and fifth of this year.
Great team work, amazing win! ??
Celebrations.. Jatt ji style! ? pic.twitter.com/hkODublvBX
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 29, 2017