India vs Australia 2nd ODI: India captain Virat Kohli slammed his 40th ODI century during the 2nd ODI at Nagpur against Australia. Kohli scored a breathtaking 116 off 120 balls on a tricky wicket. For his 40th ODI ton, Kohli also bagged the Man of the Match award. Not only did he bag the Man of the Match award, but he also went past former India skipper Sourav Ganguly to bag the most number of Man of the Match awards. Kohli now has 32 compared to 31 by Ganguly. Former batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar tops the list here with 62 Man of the Match awards. Also Read - ICC Nominates Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin For Men's Player of The Decade Award
“It felt good (to get to 40 ODI hundreds) but it is just a number. It feels good to win games for India,” Kohli said after the match. Kohli hit 116 from 120 balls to guide India to 250 all out from 48.2 overs after being put into bat. Chasing 251 for a win, Australia were bowled out for 242 in 49.3 overs. Also Read - Virat Kohli Not a Bad Captain But Rohit Sharma is Better, Difference Between Them is Huge: Gautam Gambhir
“When I walk in to bat, when the situation gets difficult, I have no choice but to put my head down and bat through the innings,” Kohli added. Also Read - BCCI Faces Backlash For Not Giving Proper Clarity Over Rohit Sharma's Injury and Availability For Australia Tour
“I was thinking of using Vijay in the 46th over, but I spoke to Rohit and MS (Dhoni) and they said, let’s stick with Shami and Bumrah, and if they get some wickets we’re on top. That is exactly what happened. Vijay kept it stump-to-stump, kept it simple, and it worked,” said the skipper.
“It’s always nice to speak to Rohit, he’s the vice-captain. MS (Dhoni) has been around for so long, and you go and speak to the bowler as well. Invariably they’re all on the same page,” said Kohli.
About Bumrah who returned with figures of 2/29, Kohli said, “He (Bumrah) is a champion, two wickets in an over, just turned the game, happy to have him in our team.”
On his side’s batting, he said, “I’m more proud of our second innings than our first. Vijay Shankar batted (46) outstandingly, but he was unfortunately run out and we lost Kedar and MS in quick succession.”
He said winning these kinds of close games will give his side confidence ahead of the World Cup. “It’s important to look ugly at times, and come through and win. We might get these low-scoring games in the World Cup as well,” said Kohli.