After registering a flamboyant 59-run win (DLS method) as they defeated the West Indies team in a rain-hit second ODI of the three-match series at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad on Sunday, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli said it was his turn to take the responsibility as he scored his 42nd ODI century. After the early departures of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, Kohli’s ton and Shreyas Iyer’s 68-ball 71 helped India to reach a total of 279 for seven after opting to bat.
During the post-match presentation, Virat said, “We knew that anything over 270 would be challenging. Shikhar and Rohit didn’t get a big one. One of the top three has always got the big one. A senior man had to step up and today was my opportunity to step up. It was important to string in a lot of dot balls. If you saw the latter half of the West Indies innings, it was difficult to bat on. I think the rain in between helped them else it would have been tough to bat in the middle. The batting became a little easy thanks to the rain when (Shimron) Hetymer and (Nicholas) Pooran were batting together. It was about staying in there and hoping one wicket will put pressure on them and luckily we got the wickets.”
Kohli also acknowledged the number of left-handers in West Indies team prompted him to play Kuldeep Yadav in place of Yuzvendra Chahal.
The Indian skipper explained, “The number of left-handers works in favor of Kuldeep and that’s why we went in with him rather than Chahal. He is more lethal against the left-handers because of his variations and the lines that he bowls to them. With Jadeja playing, it helps our balance. He (Iyer) is a very confident guy and has the right attitude. Really got the tempo going and took the pressure off me. After I got out, he got the extra runs as well.”
West Indies skipper Jason Holder said losing the last six wickets for just 62 runs cost his side the match. The hosts were comfortably placed at 148 for four after the 27th over before they kept losing wickets in quick succession to be bundled out for 210 in 42nd over.
Explaining the same, Holder said, “Extremely disappointing. We bowled really well and the game was in our hands. We lost crucial wickets at the back end to lose the game. We need to take responsibility. We need to take the game deep. The pitch was pretty good and the bowlers despite the humid conditions did well. The batters have to take responsibility. They have been letting us down far too often.”