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We will go in with more intensity in next game to close the series: Kohli

[caption id="attachment_62785" align="alignnone" width="580"]DQ0Q1029 Indian captain Virat Kohli with the Man of the Match trophy in Newlands on Wednesday. Image Source: BCCI[/caption]

Debasis Sen, Cape Town: There is no stopping Virat Kohli. On Wednesday Kohli became the second Indian batsman after Tendulkar to score the maximum hundreds (34th) in One Day Internationals. In scoring the 160 runs, Kohli re-wrote quite a few records. He now holds the record for the most number of ODI centuries (12) among Indian captains, going past Sourav Ganguly's 11.

On being asked to rate his innings, Kohli said, “Every hundred is obviously very special. International runs are never easy. They are hard earned. Some might come on more batting-friendly pitches, but I think with their attack, and the pace and bounce they were getting initially, you had to adjust your game.”

“I was pleased from that point of view that I was able to bat through because I was struggling with a bit of cramp around the 90s.Then amazing things can happen when you are thinking team all the time. You can push your body beyond limits that you might oush yourself otherwise. I experienced that today, and that was an amazing feeling. I am really happy for the team as well,” added Kohli.

The Men in Blue have taken an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the ODI series. On being asked whether his team will go for the 6-0 drubbing, Kohli said, “It’s quite a farfetched thing. Still three games to go in the series. We just want to play the way we have played till now. Maybe have more intensity in the next game to close the series out.”

Kohli heaped loads of praises on his two wrist spinners who have just bamboozled the Proteas batting line up.

“We knew they will pick up wickets. They are very brave and even on flatter pitches, wirst spinners will also come into play and they have made that difference in the game. They might go for 6 an over, we knew that but they will pick up 3-4 wickets between them. They have done outstandingly well in the last two games picking up a majority of the wickets in both games and being the difference between both sides,” said the Indian captain.

The Indian team is just one match away from clinching its first series win in the Rainbow Nation across any format.

“The intensity will be more in the next game. We’d like to close the series out and make sure we’re not letting our guard because we worked really hard from that last Test to winning four games in a row including the Test on tough tour of South Africa. We are really proud of ourselves as a team. But I think the job is not even half done yet. That’s the kind of thinking they’ve always had. Even when we are winning, we want to keep up the intensity all the more. I think that has been our biggest plus point,” signed off Kohli.

 

 

 

 

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