Vastavam web: Indian skipper Virat Kohli today said he discovered a new facet of his batting in the drawn third Test against Sri Lanka – that hitting the ball in a five-day game is no different from an ODI.Kohli struck 243 off just 287 deliveries with the help of 25 boundaries in the final game against Sri Lanka. He said it was a revelation that he can play at a fast pace in Test cricket, just like he does in ODIs.”There’s nothing called set patterns these days, if you can believe in yourself, you can achieve anything in any format,” said Kohli who was adjudged Man of the Match as well as the Man of the Series for scoring 610 runs with three hundreds, including two double tons.
The 243 was Kohli’s sixth double hundred and he became the first captain to score six Test double tons, eclipsing West Indies legend Brian Lara, who had five.Asked what is his state of mind when he reaches a milestone like a hundred, he said, “When I was not a captain, it was difficult to think of situations all the time. When I was finding my feet in Test cricket, I was under pressure.On the safe Ajinkya Rahane not fielding at one of the slips, he said, “Firstly, from his initial days, Ajinkya has always fielded at gully. It’s a difficult place, and he has very good reflexes and so we trust him there.”
About Rohit Sharma coming good in this series, Kohli said, “We’ve always believed he can change the game in the lower middle order. Very happy with the way the batsmen are playing, everyone won’t be able to score in every series, obviously. There are a few areas we have to work on, though.” Kohli said he was a bit disappointed not to have finished off the match but gave credit to the Sri Lankans.On resting for the limited-overs leg, he said, “Last time I took rest, it was difficult to handle. But my body is asking for it right now. The workload has been massive, I have been playing non-stop for the last 48 months, I need rest. My body has taken a toll in the last couple of years. Right now is the perfect time to rest before the tour of South Africa.”
Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal attributed his side’s good show to the execution of the plans.Talking about the individual contributions in his team, he said, “Once Rangana was injured, everyone looked up to Angelo Matthews and he delivered. Dhananjaya and Roshen batted really well in tough conditions against some great bowlers India have got.