Virat Kohli sets sights on series triumph after historic Adelaide victory

first_imgFour years ago, Virat Kohli went through mixed emotions at the Adelaide Oval. In his first Test as captain, Kohli had slammed two classic hundreds but India fell short of what could have been a remarkable victory.Chasing a steep target, India had lost despite Kohli’s brilliance. But he was not entirely distraught. Yet to take over as India’s full-time skipper, Virat Kohli wanted his team to win at all costs – even if it sometimes risked a defeat.Four years later, Kohli is captain of the world’s No.1 Test team – a team which has set the cricket globe on fire at home but disappointed overseas. In South Africa and England, India could not capitalise on great opportunities in in the tour openers and went on to lose the series.In Australia, India were not going to let up. Despite a poor start – India had lost their top four for 41 – on Day 1 of the Adelaide Test, Kohli’s men knew they had to stay on and fight. And Cheteshwar Pujara stepped up. So did the bowlers – R Ashwin, Japsprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami were spectacular.India managed 250 in the first innings and still finished with a slender 15-run lead. Kohli played a slow and steady knock in the second innings Pujara top scored with 71 again while Rahane cracked a fluent 70. Australia were set 323 to win and they looked out of the game fairly early before a lower order resurgence gave India a real scare.However, Ashwin struck moments before tea on the final day and the Indian fielders were thrilled.advertisementThis was India’s first victory in Australia in a decade and it came without big runs from Kohli’s bat. Who would have thought India would be 1-0 up after the first Test when Kohli did not really turn up the heat with the bat?This was a well-deserved win by all means. And Kohli is happy but he is not satisfied – he wants to go out all guns and chase a series win now.”We can’t be satisfied with one Test, we are happy obviously,” Kohli said after the match.Australia’s lower order led by Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon had almost snatched victory from the jaws of defeat but Kohli said he had asked his men to stay calm as a partnership first developed between Starc and Pat Cummins and then Lyon looked taking the hosts home.In fact, Kohli even told Bumrah to stay calm as Australia edged closer to their target.”These things happen in Tests…you go through these ups and downs in a game. You need to just stay calm. The odds were stacked against them when we got Pat Cummins.”They fought really well but we executed our plans well and got that last wicket which we were intending to get,” Kohli said.Kohli said he was nervous as well as Australia’s tail wagged but he decided to not be too expressive.”I wouldn’t say I was cool as ice but you just try not to show it. Jasprit was getting worked up in his last over but I just told him to relax,” Kohli said.It’s not often India go in with only four specialist bowlers but they decided to bolster their batting after the failures in South Africa and England. Rohit Sharma was thus played at No.6 on a pitch that did not have much in it for the bowlers. In fact, the surface looked flat on the final day and it took a gutsy effort from India’s bowlers to snuff out the last few Australian wickets.”I am super proud.. to have four bowlers and take 20 wickets is a great achievement.. That’s something that we haven’t done in the past. It shows us that if the batsmen step up regularly, we will be gunning for a win in every Test match,” Kohli said.last_img

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