Record-breaker Virat Kohli helps India beat South Africa by eight wickets
NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli is a new dictionary of cricketing world.
Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front with the bat to help India beat South Africa by eight wickets in the sixth one-day international at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.
India wrapped up the six-match series 5-1.
Kohli continued his great form in the series, scoring his 35th ODI century in 82 balls, as he helped India chase down the 205-run target in 32.1 overs with eight wickets in hand.
Kohli remained unbeaten on 129 off 96 balls, which included two sixes and 19 fours.
And when he reached 71, Kohli became the first batsman ever to score 500 or more runs in a bilateral ODI series.
Kohli finished the series with 558 runs with three centuries, a record for an Indian batsman, and one fifty in six innings.
Kohli’s five innings in the series before today are – 112, 46*, 160*, 75, 36.
The Indian skipper was at his brutal best, finding boundaries with relative ease and stitching – first, a 61-run partnership with Shikhar Dhawan (18) and then an unbeaten 121-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (34*).
The 29-year-old’s unbeaten 129-run knock left the cricketing world enthralled.
Among those who applauded Kohli’s skill and consistency were Pakistan women cricketers Syeda Nain Abidi and Kainat Imtiaz.
There is no end to Virat Kohli’s supremacy in world cricket, and when it comes to ODIs, there is no one who comes close to him or his records.
“I have got eight or nine years left in my career and I want to make the most of every day. It’s a blessing that I am healthy and getting to captain my country,” Kohli said to Media.
“People who are close to me deserve a lot of credit.
My wife has kept me going throughout the tour. I am grateful for that. Obviously, you want to lead from the front, and that’s a wonderful feeling,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.