Virat Kohli has defined India’s first ever ODI series victory in South Africa as a “collective effort” resulting a 73-run win in the 5th ODI in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday
“It’s a wonderful feeling to have created some history,” said Virat Kohli in the post-match press conference. “The guys really got stuck in, with the bat and the ball and in the field as well.” He added.
An Indian cricket team has managed to beat South Africa in an ODI series over 25 years after touring South Africa. Team India is currently ranked as No 1 in ODIs.
After victories by six wickets in Durban, by nine wickets in Centurion and by 124 runs in Cape Town, India was beaten on Saturday in a rain-hit fourth ODI but captured the series with a victory over South Africa by 73 runs at Port Elizabeth.
Thus, with the great contributions, Kohli became the first Indian captain to win an ODI series in South Africa. With his ideal contribution of 429 runs in five innings, two centuries and a half-century he has played a very good role in 5th ODI. Leading the bowling and totally flummoxing South Africa’s batsmen in four of five matches have been the wrist-spinning pair of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal with 16 and 14 wickets respectively.
“Our batting wasn’t up to scratch,” said South African captain Aiden Markram. “We lost wickets in clumps. But we must give credit to India, they’re playing incredibly well.”
This is the first time since October 2017 and fifth time overall that India have finished on top of the ODI rankings following the conclusion of a series since rising to the top for the first time in January 2013.
With a series lead of 4-1 in hand, and knowing Kohli’s aggressive strategies, there’s every possibility of them aiming for a 5-1 result, one that will establish their superiority as a leading limited-overs outfit.