Kohli was awarded Man of the Match for magnificent 92    AFP
Kohli was awarded Man of the Match for magnificent 92 AFP

India are the mace-holders in Tests, and now, they are nearly No. 1 in ODIs nearly because they level with South Africa at 119 points. If they win the next game, they will definitely dethrone Faf du Plessis men from the top.

Thanks to captain Virat Kohli that India are sitting atop. His 92-run magnificence helped India win the second ODI against Australia, leading 2-0 in a 5-match series. He was rightly adjudged Man of the Match, as both teams found it difficult to score runs on a two-paced wicket dished out at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

We didn t feel like we had enough on the board at the break. But we knew if we had a good start we have a good chance of defending it, Kohli said after the match.

Along with Ajinkya Rahane, Kohli added 102 runs for the second wicket, giving an impression that India would cross 280. However, Australia bowled with discipline and restricted India to 252 all-out.

To be honest, the wicket wasn t easy to bat on throughout the day, Kohli admitted.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar displayed a stellar performance with the new ball, finishing his first spell with figures of 6-2-9-2. He dismissed both openers David Warner and Hilton Cartwright. We knew if we don t take wickets it would be difficult.Bhuvi s(Bhuvneshwar Kumar) spell became even more important because we knew the wrist-spinners would do damage in the middle. The deliveries he got the batsmen out with were unplayable. You can count on Bhuvi for getting the breakthroughs.

Once the pacers were done feeding on the hapless Australians, the wrist-spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav upped the ante. While Chahal took 2 for 34, Kuldeep became only the third Indian (after Chetan Sharma in 1987 and KapilDev in 1991) to take a hat-trick in ODIs.

Two young spinners bowling with a lot of heart, speaks volumes about their characters. “Looking at the World Cup in a couple of years time, that really augurs well for us, how the team is shaping up. It’s a good balance of bowling and batting.

“We know they will do us good service, in the future games as well. That keeps the competition going among the 20-25 players that we have.”

The hot and humid conditions had left both teams flummoxed; even someone as fit as Kohli struggled to keep up the pace. However, for the genius we know him for, Kohli rose above all the difficulties. I always try to create that kind of motivation for myself. Sometimes things don t come off for you but I try and stay in the same zone. It wasn t easy to bat, plus the bowling attack was quality as well. Came off today, so it looked nice. Didn t come off in Chennai, so it didn’t look nice, concluded the victorious captain.