Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s brilliant 116 off 120 balls helped India win by 8 runs against the Kangaroos on Tuesday.
The Indian team seems to be at their very best as they went on to win yet another game against Australia on Tuesday by eight runs taking a 2-0 lead eventually. However, it was Virat Kohli’s outshining performance that helped India to extend their lead over the Aussies.
India lost their first three wickets early, putting themselves in a really difficult situation. However, it was Kohli’s 116 off 120 balls which changed the scorecard completely. It was Kohli’s first century at home in 2019 and second against Australia after the 104 he hit in Adelaide in January and overall his 40th.
Along with the Man of the Match Virat Kohli, Vijay Shankar (46) and Ravindra Jadeja (21) provided great support to the Indian skipper helping India to get to 250 on a difficult pitch in the first innings. The bowlers took over from the batsmen and put up a brilliant show to ultimately wind up the Australian innings for 242.
Australia seamer Pat Cummins credited Virat Kohli’s innings as the difference maker in the 2nd ODI against ODI at VCA Stadium in Nagpur on Tuesday. “I think he (Kohli) was the difference, for sure. We had a couple of really good partnerships, Marcus (Stonis) got 50-odd, a couple of guys got really good starts but we didn’t have that one guy (player) who got on with it,” DNA sited reports as quoting Cummins, who himself had a pretty decent game with 4 wickets for 29.
“(And he) just played really good shots. I thought, for the most part, we bowled quite well to him but especially the way he played some of the spin, which looked quite tough to play on that wicket, was certainly the difference. So for them to have someone like Virat in at the end, facing lots of balls, he was probably the difference between them getting low-200 or 250. (It was a) really good innings – chanceless,”he added.
Cummins also added that Kohli is in full command of his game currently. “Kohli is someone who just looks in complete command of his game at the moment… he (Kohli) batted beautifully, he didn’t give any chances, he looks like he got so much time. If someone bowls well he’s happy to wait on them and cash in later, he doesn’t miss out on too many bad balls,” he said.
Virat Kohli is the only batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score those many centuries in an ODI, hence making it more obvious for him to break master blaster’s 100 centuries record. As far as the current Indian team is concerned, it was a positive sight for the men in blue as each and every department looked perfectly on top of their game backed by skipper’s individual performance and the commitment towards the game. It was exactly the kind of performance the team would need for their next big haul, the 2019 ICC World Cup.