Kohli praises Rohit and spinners after India’s win: The Indian captain praised the collective effort of the team after win in second ODI.
India captain Virat Kohli was delighted with the performance of his team as a 90-run victory has seen India go 2-0 up in the series. Speaking during the post-match presentation, Kohli termed India’s victory as ‘clinical’.
Praising both his batsmen and bowlers, Kohli said, “Clinical performance again. We had a par score as Rohit mentioned with the kind of pitch and boundary dimensions here. But we bowled really well and back-to-back clinical performances is really pleasing.”
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After the Indian openers stitched a 154-run stand, it was up to the middle-order batsmen to capitalise on the start. While everyone expected the incoming batsman to play with the same ease, it seemed for some time that India captain Virat Kohli and middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu were not accelerating according to what was required.
Talking about his approach during those overs, Kohli disclosed that he had decided to take on the bowlers after the second drinks break. Having said that, Kohli also pointed out that the team needs to do better in such situations. He also mentioned that the team should have scored those ‘extra 15-20 runs’.
“I made a conscious effort after the second drinks break to take some risks. Once I got out, the new batsman had to take time. These are the things we need to look into with the World Cup nearby. We would like to score those 15-20 runs extra but at the same time, good to see us chip our way to a balanced total,” Kohli was quoted as saying.
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In the last few ODIs, India have backed their wrist-spinners, a move which has reaped fruits for them. The sight of both Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav deceiving the opposition batsmen seems to be India’s major strength going into ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The Indian captain said that their mindset to pick wickets is the key behind their success.
“They are always ready to bowl for you and pick wickets, which is key. They are not content to go wicket-less for 40 runs in their quota, they’d rather have more wickets for 60. That mindset is crucial for us and as is Rohit and Shikhar at the top,” Kohli concluded.