Virat Kohli happy with personal milestone but more elated with series win

first_imgVirat Kohli was a modest man after a record breaking day both on a collective and personal note as India beat New Zealand by six wickets in Kanpur to win their seventh straight ODI series.Kohli on Sunday became the fastest man to reach to 9000 ODI runs and score 2000 runs across all the formats in 2017. The Indian captain, who also hit his 32nd ODI ton in the third and final ODI, said that personal goals are an added bonus as the main aim has always been to win the game and series.”My aim is for the team to win the game and the series, and if I personally do well then it’s an added bonus,” said the Indian captain.”These things are hard to ignore since we keep hearing these, but the aim is to always make the team win from any situation,” he added.CHAMPIONS #TeamIndia BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2017The Indian bowlers didn’t start on a good note as Bhuvneshwar Kumar was being hit left, right and centre by Colin Munro. Introducing Hardik Pandya also didn’t help the cause early in the innings. In the end however, inspiring bowling performances from Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal sealed the victory for the Men-in-Blue. Talking about his strategy, Kohli said that he decided to let the bowlers be and he is happy that they stepped up and pulled it through.”I decided that I let the bowler do what he wants to do and that’s why I was calm. There was dew too, just glad the boys pulled through. To be fair to the bowlers, the wicket eased out nicely. The ball was coming onto the bat beautifully,” said the 28-year-old.advertisement”Our last 15 overs, the bowling slowed down, so we were probably 25 runs short. It was difficult to get our shots away. But glad the bowlers came out on top: it was like a knockout game for us and the boys showed their character,” he added.And that’s a wrap from Kanpur. #TeamIndia seal the 3-match ODI series 2-1 #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2017The right-hander also didn’t forget to congratulate the Black Caps for the fight they put up during the three-match series.”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. Congratulations to them for playing that way,” said Kohli.India will next take on the Kiwis in the three-match T20I series starting on November 1 in Delhi.last_img