Virat Kohli owned the Vizag ODI by breaking records effortlessly. Not only did the Indian cricket team skipper score his second consecutive century, he became the fastest to 10,000 ODI runs beating the previous mark set by Sachin Tendulkar. Following his century in Guwahati, Kohli continued his phenomenal run-making prowess in Vizag and took the West Indies bowlers to the cleaners.
Kohli’s unbeaten 157, his fourth 150+ score, helped India reach 321/6. However, a determined effort from Shai Hope (123*) and Shimron Hetmyer (94) helped West Indies tie the game. In hindsight, the key factor in Kohli’s knock not giving India the win was Kohli’s basic mistake while batting.
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In the 11th over of the Indian innings bowled by off-spinner Ashley Nurse, Kohli worked a ball towards widish long on and set off for a couple. However, when he completed the run, he realised to his horror that he had committed a mistake. The second run was deemed short and thus it was deducted and the Indian skipper realised his mistake and admonished himself.
Replays showed that when he turned to take the second run, the bat did not cross the line at the non-striker’s end. At that time, Kohli would not have known that such a mistake would prove to be costly.
Looking at the result, had Kohli completed the run, the result in Vizag would have been a win to India and a comfortable 2-0 lead in the series. However, the short run will make Kohli unhappy and one would be hoping that such a result is not repeated.