Virender Sehwag hails Virat Kohli for a brilliant knock
India posted a competitive total of 280/8 after 50 overs.
Published - Oct 22, 2017 6:03 pm | Updated - Oct 22, 2017 6:06 pm
Virender Sehwag never misses out on any cricketing action happening around him and neither did he miss the marvellous ton from Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper played superbly and shepherded the Indian innings for the umpteenth time in his already illustrious career. It was an absolute treat to watch for the jam-packed crowd at Wankhede. Even Sehwag couldn’t resist himself and termed his knock as a ‘brilliant’ one.
Kohli strode out to the middle after an early wicket of Shikhar Dhawan and saw couple more falling at the other end. However, he was not at all perturbed and took his time to get in on a slow wicket. Once he got going, there was no stopping him and the Kiwis were left to blame themselves as he was dropped on 29. The skipper scored a stupendous ton and held the Indian innings together. He was dismissed in the final over but he had scored 121 off just 125 deliveries before that. India managed to score 280/8 after 50 overs courtesy Kohli and quick-fire 26 from Bhuvneshwar Kumar down the order.
Unique numbers of Kohli’s career
Virender Sehwag gave a brief outlook of the ODI career of Virat Kohli and as usual, his tweet was different. The numbers which he mentioned were unique and very few must have known about that after Kohli’s century. His message for Kohli was, “After 200 games, Kohli has 8888 runs at sn average of 55.55 . What a brilliant 121 this one was. 280 is a fighting total. #INDvNZ.” The average of Kohli after 200 matches is absolutely amazing and with age on his side, he could surely end up as the greatest in the limited overs cricket.
After 200 games, Kohli has 8888 runs at sn average of 55.55 .
What a brilliant 121 this one was. 280 is a fighting total.#INDvNZ
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 22, 2017
Can Kiwis chase the total?
Ar Wankhede, in the last five day-night games, 3 times the team has won chasing. So New Zealand would feel history is there with them and they just need to play sensibly as they restricted India to a decent total. The openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have strode out to the middle and have started decently for their side. After the first 4 overs, New Zealand had posted 24 without losing any wicket.