Kohli pleased with his batting after steering India to win

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 20:51

Harare: As Virat Kohli yet again scored a century in India`s victory, the young skipper was ecstatic at beginning the Zimbabwe tour in tremendous fashion.

Kohli scored a magnificent hundred in India`s comprehensive six-wicket win over the hosts while chasing a modest 228 to win.

"It`s always good to kick off a tour with a win and personally I was happy with the way I played. The ball was moving around a bit early on and it was all about percentage cricket, rotating the strike and then playing your shots at the end," Kohli, man-of-the-match, said.

Kohli had struck a century in the West Indies when he led India in the absence of regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The young skipper credited his bowlers for setting up the easy chase.

"Our bowlers did a very good job up front. The new ball was doing quite a bit in the morning and with two new balls you can`t count any team out," he said.
Kohli also acknowledged debutant Ambati Rayudu`s effort as he came up with an unbeaten half-century. Kohli and Rayudu added 159 runs for the third wicket.

"Congratulations to Ambati Rayudu, he`s got an India call-up after a long time and he`s grabbed his opportunity very well," he said.

Rayudu, who played for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, seemed a satisfied man after spending a sleepless night before making his India debut.

"It`s been a long wait for me. When I came to know about my debut, I couldn`t sleep last night.

I was totally blank. My only aim today was to go out there and enjoy myself. I decided that I will play each ball on its merit. It was great to play with Virat who is the best batsman in ODI cricket. My job was to play alongside him," he said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 20:51

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