Indian captain Virat Kohli was full of praise for his team after they registered a comprehensive victory in the second one day international against Australia. After completely surrendering in the first ODI at Wankhede against Australia India roared back at Rajkot to level the three match series.
In the process, Indian management and team also corrected their mistakes that they made in the first match. Virat Kohli reinstated himself at no. 3 position while KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami delivered what they are known for.
In the post-match press conference, Indian captain, Virat Kohli, was a little bit worried for Rohit Sharma, as the opener clutched his shoulder while fielding in the 43rd over. The Mumbaikar landed awkwardly on his shoulder trying to stop an Ashton Agar strike and was in unbearable pain. Rohit Sharma immediately left the field and was attended by the physio outside the boundary line.
“Rohit’s left shoulder has popped out of few times, and he should be good to go in the next game,” Kohli said about Rohit in the post-match conference. Virat Kohli also asserted that the injury was not a major one and Rohit will get fit in time.
Indian management and fans will hope that Rohit gets fit prior to the series deciding clash on Sunday in Bengaluru.
Virat Kohli was also full of praise for KL Rahul after the latter did the finisher’s role wonderfully. Unlike the first ODI KL Rahul this time batted at No.5 position and made good returns from the position as he scored 80 runs off just 52 balls with a strike rate of over 150.
Virat Kohli said, “We live in the days of social media and the panic button was pressed too early. It’s important to not leave someone like KL out. You saw how he batted today. This is probably the best he’s played at the international level. The knock showed maturity and class, and we know exactly what we’re doing in the dressing room,”
“Important couple of games for Shikhar. He was injured for a long time and in ODIs he’s been one of our most consistent and aggressive performers, and he can change the situation for the team. It augurs well when the two openers are so good together,” added Virat Kohli about ShikharDhawan.
Virat Kohli also talked about their plans in the death overs after being completely dominated by Australian batsmen in the first ODI. “I asked the bowlers what they wanted to do and they said this was the time to execute the yorkers. All three of them were really good with the yorkers, particularly Shami who changed everything in that over. KL is becoming a multi-dimensional player, and it’s really great when players step up like this,” quipped Indian Captain.