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Rohit Sharma played the perfect innings in that situation, says Virat Kohli

SOUTHAMPTON: The satisfaction, the relaxation, the satisfaction… one may just see all on Virat Kohli's face when he came for the post-match media interaction on the Hampshire Bowl on Wednesday. The first sport was once out of the best way, the nerves had settled and one of the vital essential boxes were ticked. Kohli had reasons to feel free.


It was once a low-scoring, scrappy sport which India gained by means of six wickets. Led by means of Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal, the bowling unit carried out excellently in beneficial prerequisites. The batting, Rohit Sharma being the exception, will have been extra confident however Kohli found not anything to complain.

"It was once a qualified effort from us. It was once a low-scoring sport, no longer the best of totals you're going to see in one-day cricket at the present time. That was once as a result of the best way the pitch was once during the game and we were very professional with the brand new ball and within the heart overs, the spinners picked up 5 wickets between them.

"We are pretty proud of how we played. Starting off smartly is at all times a very powerful thing and we were given together well as a team within the first part. It is essential to create that energy and we were in a position to do that within the first 10 overs and from there, we truly constructed the game well and finished it off in a qualified manner," Kohli mentioned.

It was once no surprise that Kohli went into hyperbole whilst praising Sharma's knock. "In my opinion this is by means of far his easiest ODI innings as a result of the type of drive the first sport brings from a World Cup standpoint. And then I do know, as a batsman, whilst you move in and a couple of balls leap like that, it's not simple to gather yourself again and play in a calm manner. But he was once very composed.

"In my opinion, of all the brilliant innings I have seen him play, I think this, for me, was the top of the pile because of the way he compiled his innings and at no stage did we feel like, or he felt like he is going to throw it away. Chasing 228, he played the perfect innings for that kind of a situation on that kind of a wicket against a bowling attack that was threatening to pick up wickets at any stage."

In fact, Kohli was once proud of the performance of just about every player. "Rahul looked good as long as he was there and Dhoni looked in good form. Even Hardik, the way he finished it off…"

He also complimented Bhuvneshwar Kumar for coming back and completing strongly. Kohli admitted that playing the two wrist spinners on Wednesday had so much to do with their performance in South Africa closing year. "Yes, it was a massive factor. They were not that confident against our spinners and they were not able to rotate strike so well."

He complimented his spinners for working smartly as a team. "The spinners together understood the scenario and they bowled accordingly. Kuldeep bowled really well, he controlled the game from one end and Chahal was outstanding."

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