Virat Kohli first to score 500 runs in bilateral ODI series
Feb 18 2018 by Dustin Murphy
An upbeat India, who had earlier scripted a history in South Africa with an unprecedented series win following a 73-run win in the fourth ODI, are looking to end the series with a 5-1 win heading into the match.
Showering praise on Team India skipper Virat Kohli, chief coach Ravi Shastri Shastri has suggested to buy "the latest edition of an Oxford dictionary" and look for adjectives to describe Kohli's current form. He has shown that he is the best captain in the world.
One aspect of the problem is that as Benkenstein said after the second match - which De Villiers and Du Plessis missed due to injury - this was South Africa's next best group of players. If you are thinking about the team special things happen.
India strode to a comfortable win at Centurion as they reached their victory target with 107 balls to spare after putting South Africa into bat and bowling them out for 204.
After taking his side over the line, Kohli said, "People who are close to me deserve a lot of credit".
"I don't want to get lost in such thoughts: whether this is the biggest win or not. Do I have to say anything more?" At the age of 29, the player wants each and every day of his global cricket career count. Kohli said he has never ever played cricket to be a "headline grabber". He's got the right mindset to dominate as a leader too.
"One would think so, but in saying that the type of spinners India have, they will get the purchase out of surfaces no matter what the groundsmen produces", Duminy pointed out.
There were calls for Farhaan Behardien to be given a chance, but he too like the rest of them and gave his wicket away with an very bad shot early in his innings on Friday. In their absence, the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Siraj and Washington Sundar were able to get an outing on the global stage. It's very important to understand that one knock can be a difference in someone's career. They even said, "Ab poora desh nahi maaf karne waala!??" Just one opportunity opened up where Bhuvi was feeling it in his body and hence the change. The all-rounder will want to add some consistency in his performances. He is surely headed to smash every possible batting record and we take ample pride in his performance which has left the world in awe of him. "We will definitely sit down as a team and figure out the areas that need improvement".
The bowling department, which looked lethal with wrist-spinning duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in full cry, will try to carry that form into the T20s as well. Later as India won the match, she shared a screen grab of her television screen which declared India's 5-1 win over South Africa.