We’re not over-reliant on Kohli: Bangar
Virat Kohli celebrated his 41st ODI century. (AFP Image)

With his insatiable quest for excellence, India captain Virat Kohli has raised his game to such a level that even good performances from his teammates at times do not seem to be special, says assistant coach Sanjay Bangar. (ALSO READ: 3rd ODI: Khawaja, Finch stand trumps Kohli 123 as Australia stay alive)

Kohli struck another magnificent hundred (123 off 95 balls) against Australia in the third ODI but his teammates could not back him up as India lost the match by 32 runs. Kohli now has two centuries and a 40-plus score in the series so far, once again igniting the debate regarding India’s over-reliance on him. (READ: Can’t afford anymore collapses – Kohli)

“It’s not that we are over-reliant on one particular individual. However, the level that Virat has raised his game to, the performances of other players don’t seem to be that special,” Bangar said after India’s defeat.

Asked what makes Kohli such a special player, Bangar said his quest for excellence puts the India captain in a different league.

“He’s somebody who constantly looks out on an area for improvement and he does that on a regular basis. Probably that’s the reason why he has raised the game to such a level,” said Bangar. “The constant quest for excellence that Virat possesses is a phenomenal factor and it’s an example for any aspiring youngsters to follow.”

Kohli has been phenomenal in chasing big targets and that specifically was the plan keeping the dew factor in mind.

“The way he batted, we expected to chase down the target as the dew factor was the premise for opting to field first. Groundsmen reported that and because there was so much dew yesterday, we opted to chase,” Bangar revealed.

“But today, since there was no dew, the target couldn’t be chased as ball kept low and it became a factor. Virat wanted to convert every ball and he could have put pressure had he been around for some more time.”