Virat – The Run Machine Kohli defeated South Africa
Record-Breaking Virat – The Run Machine Kohli
Virat – the run Machine Kohli set a new batting record as he put on another masterclass with an unbeaten century against the hosts South Africa on Friday.
India strode to a comfortable win at Centurion as they reached their victory target with 107 balls left after putting South Africa into bat first bowled out them for 204.
India, who have taken over from South Africa as the world’s top-ranked ODI team, Kohli reached his 35th ODI ton in just 82 balls, was dropped on 103 and finished the final match of this series.
“It’s all about being in a good zone,” Kohli said after being named the man of the series. “On the day I felt good and my timing was right. I want to lead from the front with my performances.”
Virat – The Run Machine Kohli doesn’t like to compete with anyone
Virat Kohli has spoken up with reporters at a press conference after the 6th ODI at Centurion, that he just looks to help his team. “Look I will be very honest with you, at this stage, I don’t feel like competing with anyone.
It is all about how I prepare for the game and what my work ethics are and how I am feeling on game day and my only motivation is to get into that frame of mind. I am not competing with anyone at all. If anything, I only look to help my team in any way I can.
And during the course of that, I have mentioned that if you are thinking about the team, special things happen,” the right-handed batsman said that he will not live in a “dreamland” and feel good about all the praises. “Look as I said, I’m not going to give in to this. I know for a fact that 90 percent of the people didn’t give us a chance after two Tests
Virat – The Run Machine Kohli does not want any headlines about him.
“As I said I don’t want any tags, I don’t want any headlines, I just go out there and do my job, it is up to the people to write what they write, I don’t want to be called anything, it’s my job, I am supposed to do what I am doing and I am not doing anyone a favour as I said, so just want to be in this zone of working as hard as I can and trying to do the best for the team.
Everyone is doing a job, they have the freedom to write and say what they want but it’s very important that I don’t change with that because my zone is very simple, it is simply doing hard work and performing for the team.”
Kohli – “Greatest Ever ODI Player,” says former England Captain
Following Kohli’s century, Twitter burst into life with former and current cricketers showering praise on India’s run-machine. Among them was former England captain Michael Vaughan, who labeled Virat – The Run Machine Kohli as the “greatest ever ODI player”
Time for the Twitter timeline…
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 16, 2018
And he does what he does best, score centuries. The stellar run for the champion continues, 35 th ODI hundred , 3rd in the series. Take a bow, Virat Kohli pic.twitter.com/ypkc53urI6
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 16, 2018
Kohli has given Credit to his wife “Anushka Sharma”
The Indian captain Virat – The run machine Kohli credited his team for putting out their best performance of all time in the series and also attributed some credit to his wife. He did not fail to talk about his wife, Anushka Sharma’s contribution to his career.
Virat Kohli said, “people who contribute off the field they deserve a lot of credit as well. My wife “Anushka Sharma” who keeps me motivated deserves a lot of credit. Because She’s been criticised a lot in the past. But she’s one person who’s kept me going throughout the tour.”
Kohli’s Ton helps India to have a Historic win against South Africa
Kohli smashed an unbeaten ton of 129 off just 96 balls to help India beat South Africa by eight wickets in the sixth and final ODI at Centurion on Friday.
Kohli ended up breaking and dismantled the South African bowling attack in Centurion and ended the series with 558 runs with three centuries and one fifty in six innings. This was the first time an Indian batsman has hit 3 centuries in a bilateral series.
India, who lost the three-match test series 2-1, now play South Africa in three Twenty20 internationals at end of their two-month tour.
India Secure No.1 spot in ICC rankings
Virat – The Run Machine Kohli has given attributes to the whole team for his historic and first ever win series win against South Africa.
India has cemented their number-one ranking in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings after victory in Tuesday’s match in Port Elizabeth.
So proud of the whole unit. 🙏👍 What a series win. Jai Hind! 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/C2lgzmak7k
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 16, 2018
This is the first time since October 2017 and fifth time overall that India have finished on top of the ODI rankings following the conclusion of a series since rising to the top for the first time in January 2013. Below are the latest ICC Rankings and Point table for ODIs.
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