With the dew settling in, even 22 fielders seemed insufficient, says Virat Kohli

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With the dew settling in, even 22 fielders seemed insufficient, says Virat Kohli

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Virat Kohli stated that the dew made things extremely easy for the New Zealand batsmen in the second innings and even 22 fielders seemed insufficient at a time. The skipper also praised his bowlers for the way that they fought tough conditions with some magnificent death bowling to win the series.

India pulled off an unlikely comeback on Sunday in the death overs when New Zealand looked sure of a victory in the series following Tom Latham, Kane Williamson and Colin Munro’s heroics. Kohli had acknowledged the dew factor immediately after losing the toss and being asked to bat first. He had admitted that batting second was India’s plan as well and they needed to make the best of the first innings.

Though a flat Green Park pitch helped India equally as they posted a massive target of 338, things had become a lot easier in the second-half with the Kiwis chasing it with hardly any struggle. It had come to 50 runs of 30 balls and with the dew settling in, the likes of Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, and Axar Patel had remained largely ineffective.

“You’ve to tell yourself that the bowler knows best because he too wants to win the game. With the dew like it was, sometimes it feels even 22 fielders won’t be enough. Glad the guys pulled it through,” said Kohli while speaking at the post-match presentation.

“The wicket eased out in the second half, and it was coming on beautifully. It was good to bat even during our innings but it slowed down considerably.”

Kohli scored yet another ton on Sunday -the 32 of his career and second against Kiwis in the series. What started as a supporting role for Rohit Sharma’s brilliant innings ended as a perfect fodder for MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav to stand upon and go for the big hits at the end. It was the 230 runs partnership between Kohli and Rohit Sharma that put India in the driving seat early on in the match. While Kohli scored 113, Sharma fell short of 150 by just three runs but landed the Man of the Match award. However, Kohli remained modest as always keeping the team ahead of his interest.

“The aim is always to help the team win games, regardless of how many runs I score. Very happy we could get another one in the bag, and move forward to the T20s,” he said.

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