India vs West Indies, 3rd ODI (D/N), Cuttack, Dec 22 2019, West Indies tour of India
Match Result: India won by 4 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
Player of the Match: Virat Kohli
Match Report: So, West Indies are touring India in February. Three ODIs and as many T20Is to be played. This is the same team Kohli scored his last century again. Ever since, there has been a century drought for Kohli. Enough has been written about Kohli and him being century-less for more than couple of years now. His stats in white-ball cricket are still world-class. But there was a time when you could distinguish World Batters as Kohli and rest of the batters. That time has passed and Kohli is back on Earth. Back among the mortals.
This article is a throwback to one of the finest Kohli innings. Mind you, it is not a century but it came in match where India were chasing. Kohli stepped up in the decider, took responsibility and did what he is known for doing. Now, that the series begins in less than a week, have a watch at this innings of Kohli. Perhaps, next time, he will play the same way and pass the three-figure mark.
Kieron Pollard: I don’t think there’s much to be disappointed about. Obviously results matter but if you look at where we are from where we’ve come from, I can’t fault the boys, they showed their mettle. Well done to India and we competing with them was a positive. Lot of exciting talent here. It’s just a matter of allowing them to express themselves. There’s a lot to look forward to in the near future. I’m very very excited of what’s to come.
Rohit Sharma: It was a decider, we wanted to win this game. We’ve always seen it in Cuttack, especially, it’s a good batting track. We wanted to make runs upfront. But the way Virat and KL batted and Jadeja at the end. I quite enjoyed Shardul’s pull shot, even if it was a top edge. Extremely grateful for the year I’ve had. A World Cup victory would have been nice but as a team, throughout the year, whether red ball or white ball cricket, the team came together really well. Personally I’ve enjoyed batting, but there’s no way I’m stopping. There’s an exciting year coming up. I understand my batting really well.
Virat Kohli: Having done it so many times, you obviously have a bit more calmness and you understand how the dew is playing and all you need is a short partnership. From there the opposition usually crumbles. It was outstanding to see others finishing the game. Honestly when I got out I had a nervous phase, but I looked back at Jaddu and he looked confident. They just changed the game in three overs. Watching from outside is way more difficult.
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