Back in business after a belligerent century in India's thumping win against West Indies in the fourth ODI, Virat Kohli said that he is getting used to the burden of expectations from people all around.
Virat Kohli struck a rollicking 127 as India fashioned a 59-run win over the West Indies here on Friday, effectively sealing the ODI series 2-1 after the visitors dramatically pulled out from the remainder of the tour over an acrimonious pay dispute with their board.
Bolstered by their dramatic come-from-behind win in the last game, India will look to keep the winning momentum going when they meet West Indies in the fourth cricket one-dayer here on Friday on what is expected to be a pacy track.
India too has a batsman of such Kane Williamson`s calibre, in Cheteshwar Pujara, who has the same temperament and mental resolute to give the Indian team solidity in the middle overs which is the need of the hour, at least while playing overseas.
Rattled by Mohammad Shami`s three-wicket burst with the new ball in the abandoned fourth ODI, Australian skipper George Bailey has instructed his batsmen to watch out for the rookie Indian pacer in the remaining games of the ongoing seven-match series.
India pacer Mohammad Shami, who troubled the Australian batsmen with his pace and swing in a career-best haul of three for 42, today said he just concentrated on the basics without indulging in anything extra-ordinary in the abandoned fourth ODI here.
The series so far has been a high-scoring affair but Australia captain George Bailey backed his bowlers to defend the 296-run target set by his batsmen for India in the fourth ODI, which was washed out here on Wednesday.
Under-fire Indian pacer Ishant Sharma whose sloppy bowling cost India the third ODI against Australia on Monday worked overtime with bowling coach Joe Dawes even as his teammates took a day`s break ahead of their fourth match on Wednesday.
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell today said there would be no let-up in Australia`s strategy of targeting the Indian batsmen with the short-pitch deliveries when the two teams square off against each other in the fourth one-dayer here on Wednesday.
A merciless India maintained their stranglehold over minnows Zimbabwe as they cruised to a resounding nine-wicket win in the fourth cricket one-dayer to extend their lead to 4-0 in the five-match series on Thursday.