India captain Virat Kohli stressed that he has never played for personal milestones in his career, and always looked after the team’s cause. Kohli’s remarks came at the post-match presentation ceremony after he was questioned about his century drought followingin the 2nd ODI against England in Pune.
Kohli was dismissed for 66 by Adil Rashid in the 2nd ODI. It was his 2nd consecutive fifty in this se, but he once again missed out on a hundred.
Kohli’s last century was back in November 2019 in the Day/Night Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. His last ODI hundred was back in March 2019 against Australia.
Kohli said that he scored so many tons early on in his career because he was never focused on them.
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“I never played for 100s in my life, that’s probably why I ended up getting so many in such little time. It’s all about contributing to the team cause,” Kohli said.
“If the team doesn’t win when you get three figures it doesn’t mean anything. You’re not going to sit back at the end of your career and look at numbers, it’s more about how you played the game,” he further added.
“When the top two sides are playing each other, it’s about who is better on the night,” Kohli said.
Meanwhile, speaking on India’s defeat, Kohli credited Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes for taking the game away from the hosts.
“We didn’t execute too well but I thought they batted brilliantly tonight. It was some of the most amazing batting you’ll see when chasing. They totally blew us away during that partnership of Jonny and Ben Stokes. We didn’t even have a chance during that partnership,” Kohli said.
With the series levelled at 1-1, India and England will meet again on Sunday in the series decider.