Virat Kohli won both Man of the match and Man of the series as India won another test series against Sri Lanka 1-0. Virat Kohli praised the character shown by Sri Lankan batsmen on the final day of the third test at Delhi as visitors managed to pull a draw.
It could be seen as the satisfying series where both batting and bowling units performed as per their standards. The third test saw some clumsy fielding by team India which could be the only concern given India’s tour of South Africa starting January 2018.
“It was a good series for me personally. I was hitting the ball pretty well. It was a revelation for me as well that I can play the same way in Tests as I do in ODIs, pushing the game forward. When I wasn’t captain, it was very difficult for me to think of the situation”. Kohli said.
Kohli furtherly praised Rohit Sharma and showed belief in him by saying “We’ve always believed that he can change the game in the lower middle order. He’s grabbed his chances really well. Everyone’s hitting the ball really well.” Kohli added.
Although he pointed out that there are few areas for us to work at, although the batting and bowling were on point. He furtherly added that it feels like a disappointment not to win the final match.
Virat Kohli appreciated the Sri Lankan team for the way they played on the final day. “The pitch got really tired by the end. In hindsight, if we had grabbed our chances, we could have pushed harder. Slip catching and fielding, still need to work on it. Firstly, from his (Rahane) initial days, he’s always fielded at gully. Gully is a very difficult position to field at. So we trust him there, with his reflexes.
For the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka, Virat Kohli will be on rest and the task of captaincy is on Rohit Sharma. “Last time I took a break, it was very difficult to handle. But my body is wanting it right now. It has taken a toll in the last couple of years, and right now is the perfect time to take a break before South Africa”. Kohli said in the post-match presentation.