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Kohli Leads From The Front As India Beat Windies To Win Series

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| July 7 , 2017 , 12:11 IST

Virat Kohli smashed his 28th ODI century as India beat Windies 3-1 to wrap up the one-day series. This was Kohli's 18th century while chasing which is a huge milestone in itself and the way he paced his innings was also pretty good.

"In the last game, the batting plans didn't come together well. That can happen when there's a low total.. when you get into a zone when runs are hard to come by, the pressure builds on. Today again the total was low but I felt like I should spend more time at the wicket, dig in more, build a partnership with Ajinkya (Rahane) which was important and then Dinesh (Karthik) came out and played very positively," Kohli said.

This century must be extremely special for Kohli as he has surpassed Sachin Tendulkar for the most number of ODI hundreds while chasing.

Kohli was also aware of the fact that he would be getting a lot of short deliveries and made sure that he did not repeat the mistakes of the previous two games as he said  "I don't like to get out in similar fashion more often. The reason you succeed at international cricket is you have to stretch the gap between your mistakes and I think a couple of mistakes for me, getting out, in the same manner, is something I don't like. It was more of on being strict on myself and then getting the team across the line, which I knew the victory was inevitable when I got the hundred.

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"If you get into a clear mindset and give yourself targets, after reaching 30-40, I am going to start pulling the ball or I am going to start taking on the short ball. Then your targets become easier, you have a clearer picture so as to when you want to take on the short ball," he said.

He also defended former Indian skipper MS Dhoni who was being criticised for his slow innings in the 4th ODI and said that "It was only in the last game where he couldn't rotate the strike, before that he got a brilliant 70-80 odd not out. In the Champions Trophy against Sri Lanka, he played a brilliant knock. In the first game as well, he played a brilliant knock here when it wasn't rained out and we won the game. You don't have to tell him anything, he is striking the ball beautifully. I think we get too impatient with one game or one knock, that can happen to anyone. Any batsman can struggle, any batsman can get stuck in the crease, even if you are in top form. I don't think there's any issue, there have been good knocks around it and the strike-rate is close to 100, if not over 100. So not bothered by anything at all," Kohli added.

He also praised Shami who took 4/48 in his spell which helped immensely as the hosts were only able to score 205 in 50 overs