Virat Kohli, an undisputed shadow of Indian Cricket has been in his purple patch these days. He has shown the world why he has been reckoned as one of the legendary cricketers worldwide. His critics, who had been talking about his leadership faculties and Kohli’s waning batting potential, were made to eat their words.
Kohli carrying forward his batting onslaught from the very place where he left his previous blitzkrieg. He took the Sri Lankan bowlers to the cleaners in the fifth and final ODI. This sort of stormy batting displayed his rhythm, as a result of which the visitors had no answer. The Indian skipper scored his 30th ODI century with ease, equalling former Australian captain Ricky Ponting’s feat of as many centuries. When asked, he (Kohli) termed it an honour to have equaled Ponting’s 30 ODI hundreds. But the India skipper expresses that it will take “one hell of an effort” to overhaul Sachin Tendulkar’s world record of 49 hundreds.
At the post-match press conference, Kohli said “The great man (Sachin Tendulkar) is quite a bit away. That’s going to take a hell of an effort. Again, I am not thinking about that. It’s only about the team where even if I score a 90 not out and the team goes across the line, it’s good enough for me,” On matching the feats of legendary Australian Skipper Ricky Ponting, Kohli expressed, “It’s an honor for me to equal someone like Ricky Ponting. That’s not something that you aim for but obviously, he’s a great player and as batsmen, we all respect what these legends have done.”
He once again stressed that a player can’t play for records and the team comes first. “I look to perform as well as I can for the team. These things keep happening as you go along in your career. You don’t target these things, but those stat windows are hard to neglect because they pop up everywhere after you have achieved something,” said Kohli.