Take a lot of pride in stepping up for the team: Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli celebrates his 43rd ODI century. (AFP Image)

After going 11 innings without a hundred, Virat Kohli is back to his century-hitting mode and delivering back-to-back wins three-digit scores. More importantly, his 43rd century on Wednesday against the West Indies came in pressure situation. Chasing 255 in 35 overs, he walked out when Rohit Sharma had fallen in the third over and saw India through with an unbeaten 114 off 99 balls with support from Shreyas Iyer‘s second straight half-century for India.

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In the second ODI, Kohli had found himself in a similar surrounding, coming in at the fall of Shikhar Dhawan’s wicket in the first over. There, with India batting first, Kohli, on a slowing wicket scored 120 and along with Iyer, put India back on track after West Indies threatened to stage a strong comeback with two quick wickets in the middle Kohli’s stroke-filled centuries earned him Players-of-the-Match awards in both games and the India captain also walked away as the Player of the Series.

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“I have been around for a while. Experience counts in pressure situations, understanding where the game is heading and what I need to do in terms of the tempo of the game,” he said. “So, you obviously want to take a lot of pride in stepping up for the team as much as you can and I definitely take a lot of pride in that.

“Two good games with the bat for me, but more importantly we got the result because of my contribution as well, so that always feels much, much better and eventually that’s all that matters – when you cross the line and finish the game.”

India could have been chasing a bigger target, or at least a more challenging one even with DLS coming into play when West Indies had raced to a bright start. Batting first, Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis smashed 114 in the first 10, with 85 coming in between overs six and 10. Kohli admitted he was nervous since with rain on horizon, the revised target could have really made the situation stiff for India, hence getting both openers out not long after each other was crucial.

“It was actually good that we got game time and we got those wickets otherwise we’d be chasing close to 280 in whatever overs we had bowled. So, that would have been a humongous task on a pitch that was slowing down,” he said.

“When Chris and Lewis play like that you know why they are rated as two of the most dangerous players in the world especially in white-ball cricket. We tried literally everything and bowled every ball possible, but they were just absolutely brutal – actually that was tremendous batting from both of them.”