2nd ODI India vs Australia: India skipper Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma shared the frame with batting coach Sanjay Bangar after the series-leveling win at Adelaide. Kohli was again the architect in chief as he slammed his 39th century in ODI cricket that helped India gun down a target of 299 runs. Kohli was instrumental in the win and was awarded the Man of the Match. Seems like Kohli made the most after the win as he got a picture clicked with Bangar where Kohli revealed that is is easy to connect with the former India cricketer. The post was captioned, “With some people you don’t need to make an effort to connect.” Also Read - Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah Retain BCCI A+ Annual Contracts; Hardik Pandya Moves to Grade A, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Drops to B
Apart from Kohli, it was a 57-run-stand between MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik that helped India get over the line in the last over.
“There is no doubt that he should be a part of this team. Tonight was MS classic. He calculates the game so well. He takes the game till the end when only he knows what’s going on in his mind, and he backs himself to hit those big shots at the end,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
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“You look for little moments to pump you up, get into the zone, and that’s what I was trying to do. I tried to stay as aware as possible in recognising the moment to strike.
“I thought those 2-3 overs were the moment, to bring the gap between runs and balls down. When it comes off it looks good. It was a really tough day.
“My pants are white with the sweat, the salts coming out. MS was tired as well, fielding for 50 overs and batting as well, it was tough.”
Kohli praised seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his crucial blows at the death.
“We wanted to try and restrict them in the end. I thought they were going to get away from us when Maxy (Glenn Maxwell) and Shaun (Marsh) were in. Getting them in two balls was brilliant. I thought 298 was par on that wicket, with the start they had.
“Bhuvi was outstanding to pull things back for us. Vijay Shankar is in the squad, he’s an all-rounder, so that gives us an option to play around with – but we’ll see how we go. But backing five bowlers and seeing it come off is pleasing as a captain.”