Former Indian cricketer Robin Uthappa said that Virat Kohli will not be too worried about missing out on a record-equalling 49th ODI century against New Zealand in Dharamshala on Sunday, October 22. However, Kohli tried to hit a six while batting on 95, but it went straight into the hands of a deep mid-wicket as well. However, Uthappa reckons he will be delighted that he could make a massive contribution to India’s win against New Zealand as well.
Speaking in a video to Sports Today, Robin Uthappa said: “I don’t think Kohli will be thinking too much about it (milestone). He will be happy that he was able to get the team over the line and ended up on the winning side. Records is something you look back on when you end your career. But I don’t think anyone in the team right now is thinking about it.”
However, Robin Uthappa added that Kohli is the greatest player to play the ODI format and had no doubt that he would take his team over the line if he got support as well.
Uthappa stated: “Virat Kohli I feel is the greatest one-day player to have ever played the game. You knew he would get you over the line but he needed someone at the other end who could stay with him and absorb the pressure. That’s exactly what Jadeja did and let Kohli do what he does best, which is winning the game for his side.”
He also shared that he was delighted that India had to work hard in Dharamshala for their victory over New Zealand in the 2023 World Cup on Sunday, October 22.
Speaking in a video to Sports Today, Robin Uthappa added: “To break that jinx against New Zealand in World Cups was also important for India’s confidence. You don’t want too many easy victories in this tournament. You want to work for them and want to earn them. New Zealand did make India earn this one. New Zealand didn’t have someone like a Jadeja who could hold one end up and stand with Daryl Mitchell in that partnership. You got to give credit to Shami there and India bowled better at the death. I feel India will end up as the top team in the table. It is the semifinals hurdle that concerns me. But there’s no doubt that they are up and above any other team in the World Cup and are the favorites at the moment.”