Virat Kohli’s 42nd one-day international ton, in the second ODI against West Indies at Port of Spain, ended a streak of 11 innings without a century.
Kohli averaged 47 in those 11 innings, recording five consecutive half-centuries at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, but for a man renowned for his outstanding conversion rate, the little phase was certainly uncharacteristic. Unsurprisingly, Bhuvneshwar Kumar said that the Indian captain had been itching to get to the three-figure mark.
“Virat badly wanted to score a hundred. Not because he was out of form, but because he was getting out in the 70s and 80s. He is always known for scoring big runs. The wicket wasn’t easy [to bat on], we know how good he is as a player,” Bhuvneshwar said after India’s win against West Indies in Port of Spain on Sunday.
Like Kohli, Bhuvneshwar himself played an important part in India’s win on Sunday, 11 August, snaring four wickets for 31 runs. “Pooran’s wicket [was the turning point]. We know how good he is, he can change the game. And, of course, Roston Chase. Those two wickets were very crucial,” Bhuvneshwar said.
“If we [could] take one or two wickets, we were back in the game. When I came in to bowl, I was thinking about bowling economically and bowl more dot balls,” he stated
While Kohli’s hundred was crucial for India, after they had lost their openers early, Shreyas Iyer’s 68-ball 71 also played a massive role in taking them to a decent total. The 24-year-old added 125 runs for the fourth wicket with his captain, and by the time he was dismissed, India had already touched the 250-run mark.
“It was a crucial partnership with Virat. He [Shreyas] played with maturity, taking singles and hitting boundaries as well. It was a mature innings,” Bhuvneshwar said.