India captain Virat Kohli said that he is delighted to have explosive players like Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav in the side, who can start hitting right from the word go. Kohli starred in the final One-Day International (ODI) series against West Indies as his 28th hundred was good enough to see India win the five-match series 3-1.
On Bench strength: Kohli had a chance to test his bench strength. Dinesh Karthik made his comeback, however, Rishabh Pant did not get a chance to make his ODI debut. Talking about his lack of experimentation in the series, Kohli said, “You can’t take any series lightly. You can’t make a Hardik or Kedar bat at No. 3 and 4 and make your top-order batsman bat lower down. It’s still international cricket and you have to be respectful towards oppositions and whatever games that you play and it’s very important to understand what works for you as a team and you’ve got to keep sticking to it,” Kohli said after the 8-wicket win in the fifth and final one-dayer, according to PTI.
“We keep giving them confidence and both guys are very eager to make dents, which they have in the past, and we’re very confident of their abilities and we’re actually delighted to have found two lower order batsmen who can play that explosive cricket,” he added.
Kohli on his century: After getting out to two low scores Kohli bounced back with a resounding century in the fifth ODI and surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s feat of scoring 18 centuries in a run chase.
“I don’t like to get out in similar fashion more often. The reason you succeed at international cricket is that you have to stretch the gap between your mistakes and I think a couple of mistakes from me, getting out in the same manner is something that I don’t really like,” he said at the post-match press conference,” the Indian captain said.
The batting mainstay added, “So it was more of being a little strict on myself and getting the team across the line, which I knew the victory was inevitable when I got the hundred and it was all about the satisfaction of actually planning the innings out and executing it well and that always feels nice and something that I like to be hard on myself, not getting out in the same manner too many times.”
About his failures: Kohli also mentions that one has to sit down and reflect on their performances when things are not going your way. “I think the planning starts from your room. You need to sit down and think positively about the shots you want to play. If there’s a bit of hesitation, then you take the route of leaving the ball on one particular shot. But if you get into a clear mindset back again and give yourself targets – after reaching 30 or 40, I’m going to start pulling the ball or I’m going to start taking on the short ball and targets become easier. You have a clearer picture as to when to take on that particular shot. Having a clear mindset is of paramount importance, he said.
“For that you need to build your mindset first, when you’re sitting all by yourself. If you don’t have a clear mind then about a particular shot, then you’ll find it difficult executing it in the game no matter how many times you practice it. “You first need to have a positive intent, then you practice and then you can execute it in the game That’s what I feel and that’s the sort of pattern that I follow,” he further added.