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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.”