Indian skipper Virat Kohli broke yet another record after Men-in-Blue thrashed Australia by six wickets in the first One Day International match of the five-match ODI series in Hyderabad on Saturday.
With the win over Australia, Virat Kohli surpassed legendary West Indies cricketer Viv Richard’s captaincy record. Richards had guided West Indies to 47 wins during his captaincy. The win against Australia was Men-in-Blue’s 48th win after Kohli took over as captain. The stylish 30-year-old has won 48 matches out of the 64 games he had captained.
Now, Virat Kohli stands at the third spot in terms of most wins after captaining in 64 ODIs one-dayers. Former Australian great Ricky Ponting tops the list with 51 wins under his belt. West Indies’ Clive Llyod is at the second spot with 50 wins to his name.
After taking a 1-0 lead against Australia in the ongoing ODI series, Virat Kohli said, “It was a difficult sort of a game. We did a good job with the ball. You have experience with MS and flair with Kedar. I think Kedar and MS took responsibility, it was great. I think the bowling (won the game for us).”
Kohli also heaped praises on fast bowler Mohammed Shami and chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav. “Kuldeep’s been doing it for a while. I have never seen him (Shami) so lean. Got Maxi out with a beautiful ball. I haven’t seen him so hungrier. Heading into the World Cup, it’s a great sign for India.”
Kohli was also all praises for the spin-bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. “Ten overs for less than 35 is a great job on this pitch. He set his fields on his game. He is a great asset in the field too.”