Virat Kohli‘s distinctive century performed a pivotal function in India’s commanding complete of 356 runs towards Pakistan in Colombo on Monday. His formidable partnership with KL Rahul (111 not out) led India to a convincing 228-run victory.
Other than scoring an unbeaten 122, the previous Indian captain shattered a number of information. He grew to become the quickest cricketer to succeed in the milestone of 13,000 runs in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and inched nearer to Sachin Tendulkar‘s legendary file of 49 ODI centuries. Moreover, Kohli equalled Hashim Amla‘s file for probably the most consecutive ODI centuries at a single venue, reaching 4 in a row.
Defending the entire, Kuldeep Yadav stole the highlight together with his left-arm spin, securing his second five-wicket haul in ODIs. His distinctive efficiency restricted Pakistan to 128, sealing India’s conquer their bitter rivals.
Adjudging Kohli as participant of the match regardless of Yadav’s fifer laying a robust declare on it nicely raised the eyebrows of former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir. The previous left-handed batter disagreed on naming Kohli as Man of the Match.
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‘Can’t look past Kuldeep Yadav’: Gautam Gambhir
Gambhir advocated for Kuldeep Yadav because the standout performer. Within the encounter having difficult pitch and climate circumstances, the ex-India opener emphasised that Yadav’s outstanding feat of taking 5 wickets in simply eight overs towards a historically sturdy Pakistan batting lineup was a game-changing second.
“For me, it’s Kuldeep Yadav. Can’t look past him. I do know Virat acquired 100 KL (Rahul) acquired 100. Rohit (Sharma), Shubman Gill acquired fifties however on a wicket like this the place it was seaming swinging, if somebody get 5 wickets in 8 overs, particularly towards Pakistan batters, who play spin rather well, is a game-changing second,” Gambhir was quoted as saying on Star Sports activities India within the post-match present.
“I can perceive if it was Australia, South Africa or New Zealand as a result of they don’t play spin that nicely. This simply reveals the standard of the bowler. He beat batters within the air and he beat batters off the wicket as nicely. Going into the World Cup, that’s nice for Indian cricket as a result of now you will have two attacking pacers upfront and Kuldeep. Three bowlers who can take wickets at any stage of the sport,” Gambhir added.