Virat Kohli relishes India’s historic 9-0 sweep of Sri Lanka

first_imgVirat Kohli was at his aggressive best in the only T20 international of the tour as he guided India to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at Colombo.Chasing a challenging 171 for a victory, Kohli blasted 82 off only 54 balls to take the game away from Sri Lanka, who reduced the visitors 42/2 in 5.4 overs.However, Kohli found an ideal partner in Manish Pandey, who played the second fiddle and also scored his maiden fifty, and the duo was involved a record 119-run stand for the third wicket that helped India seal the game that had a delayed start due to wet outfield.After sweeping the Test series 3-0 and ODI series 5-0, India also maintained their dominance in the only T20 game to complete the tour 9-0, thus becoming the second team after Australia to achieve the feat.”Very special, hasn’t been done before. Credit to all the hard work the boys have put in. The bench strength is coming up beautifully. Very, very happy as a captain,” Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony.Kohli during his blistering knock broke a plethora of records. He became the leading run-getter in chases in the shortest format and was also the fastest to 15,000 runs in international cricket.”I look to back my strengths in T20 cricket. It’s something I’ve practiced very hard to mould my game to all formats. When you’re two-down chasing 171, we knew it won’t be easy. Manish was outstanding as well today,” he said.India now return home for a gruelling eight-match limited-overs (5 ODIs and 3 T20Is) series against Australia starting September 17.advertisementlast_img read more

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