Recently, Virat Kohli got epic compliment from legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar. He added, “Virat Kohli is going to be one of the greatest cricket captains in India.” Kohli loved the compliment. But he said that he needs to go a long way to get that tag to be justified.
After the fourth ODI between Australia and India, Kohli added, “It seems nice to get appreciation and it is a great compliment. But I have to go a long way.”
On Tuesday, Gavaskar made an exciting prediction when he added that Kohli is all set to become one of the greatest cricket captains in India.
He highlighted the 28-year-old Kohli’s contribution to Indian cricket in forming the culture in team which was rooted in ruthlessness and physical fitness.
Not a Superior Batting Performance
While saying that Australia played better on the day, Kohli criticized his batting lineup, around post-match, and backed his bowlers and said, “Our performance was not that great.”
“We had a nice opening partnership. But after that, we needed one long-term partnership also. From that perspective, it was not that superior performance. People may have off-days. Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav bowled well. Spinners won’t always have same days. Today, Australia was very good.”
“Australia’s intent was good with the bat. They pulled back the things well in the field. But we also played well but they were better than us. In the end, their bowling was simply good. At the right time, they’ve got breakthroughs and our momentum stopped there.”
After losing three matches to India one by one, Australia finally defeated India by 21 runs and end the drought and recorded a win in 4th ODI. The Men in Blue got a giant target of 335 runs to chase but they managed to score just 313 for 8 after 50 overs at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. In the fifth and final ODI, India will fight Australia at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium on Sunday in Nagpur.
Virat Kohli Hints for Big Surprise from Pandya
Virat Kohli also admitted that the superb death bowling of Australia made the change as the quest for India to secure 10 ODI wins was stopped after suffering a loss with 21 runs at M Chinnaswamy Stadium. The captain also threw his weight behind Pandya, who batted at No. 4.
In the 45th over at 282/4 and when Manish Panday (33) and Kedar Jadhav (67) were going strong, India seemed to overhaul 334/5 by Australia. However, Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson had some major strikes for the team which changed the game at crucial times and stopped progress of India.
At post-match press conference, Kohli said, “Bowling of Australia was very good in the end. They turned aggressive at the crucial times and it stopped our pace, especially when Hardik and Kedar were at form. If they managed to score 40 to 50 runs more, match would have been ours.”
Australia gave only 31 runs in the last 5 overs as the team of Steve Smith finally had a reason to cheer when they lost 11 off their past 13 one-days overseas.