Virat Kohli wants to extend his current form

Virat Kohli hit 16 boundaries in his innings of 112 not out off 98 balls © Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

 

New Delhi: Oct 18, 2011

 

Middle-order batsman Virat Kohli, who led India to a thumping eight-wicket win over England in the second One-Day International in New Delhi hitting his seventh century, wants to carry on his good form in upcoming games.

 

“I want to continue my form as long as possible. It’s a funny game, you never know when you can hit a bad patch. I want to extend [my form] as much as I can but stay humble in the process,” Kohli said after the match.

 

Kohli remained unbeaten on 112 from 98 balls, which included 16 boundaries. This was his first good performance on his home turf at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, and the young batsman said his innings was special. 

 

“Yes, it is especially satisfying playing at my home ground. It’s always a special feeling playing at Feroz Shah Kotla. Even yesterday at the press conference, they asked me what kind of feeling I have. I [said], I have played only two international games here, one was abandoned because of some reason and I didn’t do [too] well in the other one,” he said.

 

“I was really keen to perform on my home ground, and, luckily, I pulled it off today. I am really happy with the way I batted,” he added.

 

Talking about the pitch, Kohli said, “The English bowlers were getting a bit of bounce early on but I [have] played on a similar kind of wicket in the IPL, in Delhi. It was coming on to the bat beautifully. It kind of suited me, the way I play, it suited my strokes. I knew that if I get a good start on this kind of wicket, if you play correct cricketing shots you get boundaries.”

 

“It is a quick outfield, so we had to string in some sort of a partnership. Gautam Gambhir batted beautifully along with me and we were able to string-in that big partnership,” he added.

 

Kohli and Gautam Gambhir added 209 runs for the third wicket, on which the former said, “As [MS] Dhoni bhai said, I am a strokeplayer and so is Gauti [Gautam Gambhir] bhai. So, we didn’t have to take too many risks. We just had to retain the strike which we did beautifully out there in the middle.”