Virat Kohli: Disappointed with my dismissal, it was one of my finest hundreds

first_imgVirat Kohli said the 95-ball 123 in Ranchi against Australia was one of his finest hundreds and conceded he was disappointed with the way he got out to Adam Zampa. Kohli’s 41st hundred and 3rd this year kept India in the hunt but Australia stayed in control to win the 3rd ODI by 32 runs in Ranchi. Report | HighlightsChasing 314, India were rocked early when they lost openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma for 15. Ambati Rayudu’s poor form in the series continued and his gutsy 90 against New Zealand in Wellington now looks like a distant memory. MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav did not set the stage on fire either and it was left to Kohli to once again steer the Indian innings.In Nagpur, Kohli had waged a lone battle to give India’s bowlers enough to defend. In Ranchi, Kohli played another majestic innings and ran hard, pierced the gaps and kept Australia under pressure all on his own but the lack of support from the other end meant India fell short.Kohli, however, said he felt India were in with a chance at one stage and he rued his dismissal to Australia’s leg-spinner.”In terms of hitting the ball, it was one of my finest hundreds. I just felt really clear in my head from ball one. Even after three wickets, I thought I should play my game and not think of what happens if I play my shots. I was very disappointed when I got out. I really thought we had a chance with the difference being 20 between balls and runs,” Kohli said.advertisementKohli was far from pleased with himself when he was done in by a googly from Adam Zampa in the 38th over. His hundred had given India a glimmer of hope but his exit meant it was only a matter of time before Australia made it 2-1. India have relied heavily on Virat Kohli this series and another batting collapse (after the ones in Hyderabad and Nagpur) did not impress the skipper.Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Kohli said he did not want to see any more collapses but lauded his bowlers for the way they fought in the last 10 overs of the Australian innings.”We were in the game specially how we pulled back things in the last 10 overs. We thought we would be chasing 350 plus with the way Australia were going. I think they batted outstandingly well in the first 40 overs, but we pulled it back in the last 10 after Maxi’s (Glenn Maxwell) run out,” Kohli said.Back to back centuries for the Run Machine. This is his 41st ODILive – #INDvAUS (@BCCI) March 8, 2019There was a chance of dew settling in later in the evening but that never happened. The absence of any dew meant life was much easier for Australia’s spinners – Zampa and Nathan Lyon made crucial breakthroughs and kept Australia alive in the series.”We were told there was going to be dew around 7-7:30 but there is not a drop of dew on the ground even now. I got that calculation wrong a little bit. Nonetheless, we were keen to get that score on the board,” he said.Kohli revealed India would make a couple of changes for the final two ODIs in Mohali and Delhi and sure enough batting coach Sanjay Bangar later confirmed MS Dhoni would be rested for both games.Also Read | This man has made it a joke: Mohammad Kaif after Virat Kohli’s 41st ODI hundredAlso Read | MS Dhoni to be rested for the last two ODIsAlso See:last_img read more