India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli Praises Kiwis For A Challenging Series

The Indian skipper also credited the New Zealand team for putting up a great fight in all three ODIs and said that his team needed to be at their best to get the better of the visitors in the three-match ODI series.

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India captain Virat Kohli heaped kudo on his bowlers as Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal rendered a brilliant performance to hand the hosts a six-run win against New Zealand in a high-scoring third and final One-Day International( ODI) at Green Park Stadium, Kanpur on Sunday. In reply to India’s mammoth 337/6, the Kiwis mustered 331/7 as they fell short by seven leads. Kohli expressed his satisfaction at his team’s bowling performance and said he was glad the bowlers came out on top.

The Indian skipper likewise credited the New Zealand team for putting up a great contend in all three ODIs and said that his team needed to be at the most appropriate to get the better of the visitors in the three-match ODI series.

Bumrah was the select of the bowlers as he finished the match with the above figures of three for 47 from his stipulated 10 overs and halted the flow of moves in the extinction overs.

Complimenting his team’s all-round concert, Kohli said,” To be fair to the bowlers the wicket eased out neatly. The ball was coming onto the at-bat beautifully. But glad the bowlers came out on top. It was like a knockout game for us, and the boys presented their character .”

However, the Indian chieftain did not fail to appreciate the visitors’ execution in all three ODIs.

” Credit to New Zealand. They objection us in all three competitions and forced us to play our best in every competition. Credit to the skill and character they possess ,” Kohli said.

Kohli was determined fielding at the boundary and during the end overs wasn’t as inspired as one has discovered him during all these years.

” I decided that I would let the bowlers do what they want to do and that’s why I was calm. There was dew too, just glad the sons drew through .”

Kohli, who scored his 32 nd ODI century and grew the most wonderful to score 9,000 ODI controls, won the Man of the Series award with 263 controls under his belt.

Talking about his role in the team’s stellar performance, Kohli said,” My aim is for the team to win the game and the serial, and if I personally do well, then it’s an added bonus. These things are hard to ignore because we deter hearing these, but the aim is to always establish the team win from any situation .”

Man of the equal Rohit Sharma was the top scorer for India with 147 leads as he struck his 15 th ODI century and fifth of this year.

” Every hundred is special, but what I was working on came off well, and that’s why I am happy. Sanjay Bangar( batting coach-and-four) helped my work on some of these things and that’s when results are more delighting ,” said Rohit.

Commenting on his improved technique, Rohit said,” I was watching the pre-match analysis where they said my head was falling off, so I laboured slightly on it. That helped. My brain was falling a little bit and wasn’t coming into the line of the projectile. The rapidly you rectify, the very best it is .”

Skipper Kane Williamson praised his team for putting up a great fight.

” It was a marvelous serial, some great cricket played and in good series. Credit to Kohli and squad, the latter are the very best crew, although by merely a bit. Forgetting from this close is frustrating, but there are good signs .”

” The surface was good throughout, and the team that played better on that day won the games in this succession. But against these guys, you have to be at the very best to cross the line ,” Williamson added.

” Our middle order accepted out. Tom Latham batted with such lucidity, accommodated and did the role so well. Henry Nicholls too, Ross batted well. Our seamers did well under difficult conditions. India played better cricket, and they deserve the win ,” Williamson remarked.

On the work front, Nayanthara is busy with few Tamil and Telugu films.