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India Cricket News: Virat Kohli 35th Century Power India to Win the Series 5-1

India Cricket News: Virat Kohli 35th Century Power India to Win the Series 5-1

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India beat South Africa by eight wickets to win the six-match ODI series 5-1, Virat Kohli played magnificently to score his 35th century.


Virat Kohli (Man of the Match and Man of the Series):

"It was a day where I felt really good. Last game I wasn’t in the right mindset. Just decided to start timing the ball. Beautiful place to bat under lights. They had to try something. I like setting up for the short ball as well. It was a blessing to get so many short balls up front. They kept bowling short. In the day it was really slow. At night time the ball came on beautifully.

It’s been a roller-coaster tour till now. People who contribute off the field they deserve a lot of credit as well. My wife who keeps me motivated deserves a lot of credit. You want to lead from the front with your performances. It’s a wonderful feeling. I got 8-9 years left in my career. I want to make the most of it. It’s a blessing from God that I’m healthy. I just look at it that way. I just keep my head down so I can give 120% for the team.

They’ve shown a lot of character. Especially those two young spinners. They’ve been so brave and outstanding. They’ve come back from Johannesburg superbly. Three T20Is to go, tour is not over yet. The first two Tests we weren’t happy with ourselves. Couldn’t take the game to the opposition. Didn’t take a backward step since Johannesburg. I was here, having lost the series, and speaking to you. And now I’m here, having won the series, and speaking to you. Been a wonderful turnaround."

 

Aiden Markram (South Africa captain): “It was quite a tough series. It’s something we have to look back at it with a lot of thought and try to figure out why we weren’t as good as we could be. They cashed in and that’s where we lacked. It’s how we grow and learn. We will try to take some positives. It’s a nice break away from the format. It’s not a bad thing for us.”

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75