It’s not about the stats but about getting the team across the line: Virat Kohli

first_imgRiding on skipper Virat Kohli’s unbeaten century, India defeated West Indies by eight wickets in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) at the Sabina Park Stadium. Kohli (111 not out) and middle-order batsman Dinesh Karthik (50 not out) helped India on Thursday to outplay the hosts and clinched the five match ODI series 3-1.”For me it’s all about getting the team across the line. It’s not about stats,” said Kohli after winning the Man-of-the Match.”It’s about looking at the scoreboard, looking at the bowlers, which ones to target, which ones to give respect to. I like taking control of the situation, stringing partnerships,” he added.Chasing 206, India started on a poor note as opener Shikhar Dhawan (4) was sent back to the pavilion in the first over by pacer Alzarri Joseph.Incoming batsman Kohli and opener Ajinkya Rahane (39) then added 79 runs for the second wicket to stabilise the Indian innings.But, just when things seemed to be in control, Rahane was adjudged leg before wicket off Devendra Bishoo in the 19th over.Unperturbed by the fall of Rahane’s wicket, Kohli displayed his class and waited for the bad balls. Soon, Kohli along with Karthik, started thrashing West Indies bowlers all around the park and chased down the total with 79 balls remaining.Talking about the victory he said that it’s pleasing to win the match by a big margin.”Winning convincingly in a chase is always nice,” said the 28-year-old.Kohli slammed 12 boundaries and two sixes in his 115 ball knock while Karthik’s 52-ball knock was comprised of five boundaries.advertisementEarlier, Mohammed Shami bagged a four-wicket haul as India restricted West Indies to 205/9. The Bengal pacer decimated the hosts’ lower-middle order to return figures of 4/48. in his 10 overs and earned high praise from the captain along with Dinesh Karthik and Ajinkya Rahane.”First and foremost the aim was to win the series, have a complete teamperformance. Special mention to (Ajinkya) Rahane, who’s come back after a while and he was outstanding. Shikhar (Dhawan) as well at the top.Kuldeep (Yadav) was outstanding. Really pleased with the team effort ingeneral.””Again Ajinkya was very good, Dinesh (Karthik) too. Shami was playing one-day cricket after two years…people are grabbing their opportunities. ” added the Indian captain.Fellow pacer Umesh Yadav also did well to return figures of 3/53.(With inputs from IANS)last_img

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