Vastavam web: Intensity is the hallmark of his batting and India captain Virat Kohli says he has no idea what he would do if that was gone, the primary reason behind his obsessive focus of physical fitness.The 29-year-old run-machine slammed his 34th one-day hundred in the third ODI against South Africa yesterday, once again playing a pivotal role in a massive India win.Keep a check on my diet. Those things pay off on days like these. When the team needs it, and you stand up, and you are able to pull through. As an athlete you crave for days like these,” he added.
Kohli said yesterday’s hundred was special in the sense that he had to continuously change his game through the innings. He said these were hard earned runs on a tough wicket against a good bowling attack.”International runs are never easy. They are hard earned.Some might come on more batting-friendly pitches, but I think with their attack, and the pace and bounce they were getting initially, you had to adjust your game.”I was pleased from that point of view that I was able to bat through because I was struggling with a bit of cramp around the 90s. Then wickets kept falling, I decided to hit out, because I thought I might not have enough energy left.
“Then amazing things can happen when you are thinking about the team all the time. You can push your body beyond limits that you might not push yourself otherwise. I experienced that today, and that was an amazing feeling,” he added.This was Kohli’s second highest ODI score. He also became the first Indian batsman to score a hundred against South Africa at Newlands. Overall, he scored his 12th ODI hundred as Indian skipper, going past Sourav Ganguly’s record of 11 centuries.”When batting first, you switch roles — one guy is aggressor and you become the guy who is rotating strike. When he goes, you take that role up and another guy rotates strike.
That is how it is usually done,” he said.While chasing, Kohli said, it is easier to compartmentalise since the target is already there to be chased.”Batting second is very different in terms of knowing what you need to do, when to accelerate, when to keep those singles coming, etc. Batting first, you want to score as many as possible but sometimes the situation doesn’t allow you to play in a certain way that you want to throughout the innings,” he explained.”We have to make sure we’re not letting our guard down because we worked really hard from that last Test to win four games in a row on a tough tour of South Africa. We are really proud of ourselves as a team. But I think the job is not even half done yet.”It’s quite a far fetched thing and still three games to go in the series,” he said about the possibility of a 6-0 whitewash.Kohli promised to up the ante in the remaining three games.