Virat Kohli says that India are aiming for a clean-sweep over Zimbabwe

Virat Kohli said that India want to finish things on a high when they face Zimbabwe in the fifth One-Day International  © AFP

Bulawayo: Aug 1, 2013

After hammering minnows Zimbabwe yet again, Indian skipper Virat Kohli now has his eyes set on a 5-0 clean sweep of the hosts in the One-Day International (ODI) series. India comprehensively Zimbabwe by nine wickets to take a 4-0 lead in the five-match series.

“Definitely (that’s the aim). We want to end on a high and go home with smile on face. We want to finish the series properly and if we execute things, proper results will follow,” Kohli said when asked if he has a 5-0 result in mind.

Kohli credited his bowlers and top-order batsmen.

“The pitch was doing a bit early and we tried to extract.  Our bowlers did a great job and then Rohit (Sharma) and (Suresh) Raina finished it off well,” he said.

Rohit (64) and Raina (65) scored unbeaten half-centuries and shared a 122-run strand in 21.2 overs during India’s pursuit of 145.

“It was good to see Rohit performing consistently. He was not getting runs early in the series.”

Kohli had good words to say about debutant paceman Mohit Sharma and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

“Jadeja is a good allrounder and he showed what he can do with the wickets and that run-out. Mohit was accurate from ball one which was pleasing to see as it was his first game. We are really proud of him and I wish him luck,” Kohli said.

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor looked dejected after the side’s fourth successive defeat.

“It is pretty frustrating. It was a good batting wicket. We did all the hard work but couldn’t execute it there. We keep getting ourselves out and keep capitulating, it’s difficult to come back from that,” he said.

Nevertheless he hoped that the team would put up a good show in the last match on Saturday. Taylor said, “We try to stay relax and keep the morale up. The series has not gone well and fortunately there’s one more game. We’ve had our chances but couldn’t grab them.”

Mohit Sharma was named the man of the match for finishing with figures of two for 26 on debut.

“I am feeling good. Thanks to the coach and captain for giving me this chance. I did not try much, just kept the things simple, I stuck to basics. Hopefully I will do well in the next match as well,” he said.