England cricketer Ian Bell is out of words trying to describe Virat Kohli
England cricketer Ian Bell, like many others, could not hide his amazement over Kohli’s mythical consistency with the bat.
Updated - Mar 8, 2019 10:00 pm
India captain Virat Kohli said at the toss for the third ODI against Australia in Ranchi that it was a “special game” for his team members wore camouflage caps to pay tributes to the martyred CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. It was also a move to show solidarity towards the men in uniform. Team India members also donated their match fees to the National Defence Fund as their way of carrying out the responsibility towards the nation. On the field, too, the Indian captain ensured that it was a special occasion.
Chasing 314 to clinch the series after Australia came up with a spirited batting performance in their must-win game, India lost a number of wickets up front, including their two established openers – Shikhar Dhawan (1) and Rohit Sharma (14). Ambati Rayudu (2) didn’t last long either and Kohli was left with the lower middle-order and all-rounders to do the job. He rose to the challenge and counter-attacked the opponents.
He added 59 runs with MS Dhoni (26) and then 88 runs with Kedar Jadhav (26) to complete his back-to-back centuries in the ongoing series. Kohli eventually fell to spinner Adam Zampa, who has dismissed him quite a few times now, for 123 after adding 45 runs with Vijay Shankar. It was Kohli’s 41st ton in the 50-overs format and he is now just eight short of compatriot Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 ODI hundreds.
No words to describe Kohli
England cricketer Ian Bell, like many others, could not hide his amazement over Kohli’s mythical consistency with the bat and said in a tweet that he had no words to describe the Indian captain. Bell has one of the most prolific scorers for England with over 13,000 international runs.
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) March 8, 2019
Kohli has now hit seven hundreds in his last 11 ODI innings at home and it is the second time in as many series that the 30-year-old has hit consecutive hundreds (he hit three on the trot against the Windies last November). He also became the third-highest scorer for India in ODIs after Tendulkar and former captain Sourav Ganguly.