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Virat Kohli was also adjudged the Man of the Series after he managed to score 600 plus runs in the series © IANS

Virat Kohli continued his impressive success in the field of cricket as he was adjudged the Man of the Match for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday. He was also adjudged the Man of the Series after he managed to score 600 plus runs in the series. Following the third Test draw, Kohli said that he was trying to hit the ball in the same manner as he does in limited-overs cricket and it is no different. Kohli also struck 243 off 287 deliveries including 25 boundaries in the third Test, as he looks to play in the same pace as he does in the limited-overs format. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 3rd Test at Delhi

On his game

“On the personal front, I was hitting the ball very well and it was kind of a revelation that I can play and hit balls in Tests the way I can do in ODIs. That was something I always hesitated to do but this made me realise that you can push the game forward even in Test cricket. There’s nothing called set patterns these days, if you can believe in yourself, you can achieve anything in any format,” said Kohli during the post-match presentation ceremony.

On his centuries

“When I was not a captain, it was difficult to think of situations all the time. When I was finding my feet in Test cricket, I was under pressure. When I got to a milestone, I sort of relaxed. Now, it’s a lot different. Now as a captain I have to keep to batting on and on even after I reach hundred or 150 and push forward to put up as many runs on board as possible, or if I am batting in the second innings to create a situation where the bowler can get extra overs to bowl the opposition out later.”

On the dropped catches

“First and second slip, if you practice well, you can get used to it. We’ve identified it as an area we need to work on.”

On Ajinkya Rahane’s fielding position

“Firstly, from his initial days, Ajinkya has always fielded at gully. It’s a difficult place, and he has very good reflexes and so we trust him there.”

On Rohit Sharma’s performance

“We’ve always believed he can change the game in the lower middle order. Very happy with the way the batsmen are playing, everyone won’t be able to score in every series, obviously. There are a few areas we have to work on, though.”

On Sri Lanka’s performance in third Test

“When you’re not able to finish off in second innings after having them three down on day four, is bit disappointing. But they played well, they showed composure and confidence. The pitch got tired in the end. They [Sri Lankans] did not give us any chances to get into the game. In hindsight, if we would’ve grabbed our chances in the first innings, maybe they wouldn’t have got so many runs. We should’ve done better. The slip catching and fielding, we need to work on.”

On the rest from the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka

“Last time I took rest, it was difficult to handle. But my body is asking for it right now. The workload has been massive, I have been playing non-stop for the last 48 months, I need rest. My body has taken a toll in the last couple of years. Right now is the perfect time to rest before the tour of South Africa.”