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Want To Be Relentless, Says Virat Kohli After Clean Sweep Win Over Sri Lanka

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| September 4 , 2017 , 16:07 IST

As the ODI series against Sri Lanka ended with another clean sweep, the captain of Indian Cricket team Virat Kohli said that although the team's performance in the test was good, they didn't do so well in the ODIs.

After a stunning performance in the fifth match of the ODI, taking India to a clean sweep victory, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said, “We did very well in Tests, but in the ODIs we didn’t do so well. From the last game in the West Indies, now we have won six. That is something we wanted to address before this series, we wanted to be relentless.”

Talking to the media outside the Premadasa Stadium, he told the media, “We wanted to make sure we are challenging ourselves every time we are going out on to the park. That helps you when you are going through difficult situations. These habits are very difficult to create, and once we create them, then you take it easy, it can come back to hurt you.”

Kohli said, while experiments will continue, he hopes the team settles down before the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

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“We spoke about experimenting with a few guys going up and down the order. If you go against India, there is one pattern they follow, so people tend to prepare like that. But when we get more confident in the roles we are given, then we can be more unpredictable. That becomes a lethal combination. A team will find it difficult to set a pattern against us. But we have to embrace that change,” he said.

Answering question about his position in the ODI century list, where he has equalled Australian batsman Ricky Pointing with his 30th century in the last match, he said, “I only look to perform as much as I can for the team. These things are something that keep happening in your career. You don’t target these things but those stat windows are hard to neglect. It is an honour for me to equal someone like Ricky Ponting."

“That is not something you aim for, but as batsmen you respect what these legends have achieved. It is nice to have equalled one. But is quite a bit away. That is going to take one hell of an effort. But I am not thinking about that. Even if I get 90 not out and the team wins, that will be fine,” he said.

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The captain also praised Jasprit Bumrah for his impeccable performance in the series taking a total of 15 wickets.

Kohli said, "Getting a Man-of-the-Series award in the sub-continent as a fast bowler is a great thing to achieve. He bowled in really good areas… I hope he continues the same against Australia.”